HOMICIDE - L - 11.3 picas

Washington entered its 14th full day without a recorded homicide yesterday, to the delight and the mystification of the detectives in the city's police homicide unit.

The last recorded homicide occurred about 9 p.m. on Sept. 23, when a 35-year-old Southeast man was shot fatally in the 1400 block of 9th Street NW, detectives said.

Since then there have been other shootings and stabbings, some of them serious. However, as of 6 p.m. last night, all the victims has survived.

So far this year there have been 159 homicides recorded in the District, an average of more than one every two days.

Detectives said they could not account for the long lapse of time without a violent death here, but said they have been using the unexpected hiatus to catch up on old investigations.

Police said they are still without suspects in 35 of the homicides here this year. They said that even with the long pause in homicides, the number of such deaths so far this year is greater than the corresponding figure last year. Last year there were 158 homicides recorded at this time, one less than this year.