One man killed, one beaten at D.C. check-cashing business

By Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 18, 2010

An employee of a Northeast Washington check-cashing store was fatally shot Thursday and a second man was severely beaten during an apparent robbery attempt, D.C. police said.

Officers called to a store in the 2500 block of Benning Road about 10:45 a.m. found Prabhjot Singh with a gunshot wound to the head, said Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesman.

Singh, 30, who lived in Accokeek, was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he was later pronounced dead. He was a relative of the store's owner, authorities said.

The second man was beaten with an object that police didn't identify. He was treated at a hospital and released, said Capt. Michael Farish of the homicide branch. It was not clear whether he was a worker or a customer.

Two men were seen fleeing the store. One of them was possibly wearing a mask, Farish said.

Investigators think the attacks happened during a robbery attempt, but officials did not say whether any money was taken.

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