One Dead, Five Wounded by Gunfire

One man died after a spate of gunfire that left five other people wounded in shootings across the District on Saturday night.

The man, who was not identified by police, died late Saturday in a District hospital after the 7:45 p.m. shooting in the 100 block of Xenia Street SE, said District police Lt. James Crane. Crane said no one had been arrested in the man's death.

A shooting at 7:30 p.m. in an alley near Longfellow Street and Colorado Avenue NW left two other people wounded, police said. The victims, a man and woman, were hospitalized in critical condition at Washington Hospital Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Two others were shot in an attack near Summit Place and Todd Place NE, and another man was shot about 9 p.m. outside in the 3300 block of 10th Place SE. Conditions of the three could not be determined yesterday.

Police did not provide further details yesterday of the shootings or the victims' identities.


Teen Sought in Slaying at Laurel Party

A 17-year-old youth was being sought yesterday in connection with the Saturday night slaying of a man at a party in Laurel, police said.

Franklin Barney, of the Capitol Heights area, was charged in a warrant with murder in the fatal shooting of Damien Brown, 26, of the 9600 of Ramble Lane in Laurel, police said.

Police responded about 11:30 p.m. to a report of gunshots at a party of about 50 people in their late teens and early twenties in the 7600 block of Erica Lane. Once inside, they found Brown shot in the head, police said.

Driver in Crash Had Bullet Wound in Head

A motorist who crashed into a telephone pole early yesterday in St. Mary's County had been shot in the head, Maryland State Police said. The man died several hours later.

Police said an unidentified man, who was driving a black 1986 Riviera, was heading north on Chancellors Run Road in the Great Mills area when it crashed. Police discovered the car about 5:15 a.m.

The driver, 19, was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown. He later was transferred to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead about 1 p.m., a hospital spokeswoman said. Hospital staff discovered the gunshot wound, police said.

"He had been shot before the accident," said state police Detective Sgt. Charles Parlett. "We don't know from the inside of the car or outside the car."

Parlett said the driver had been at a bar in Callaway before the accident. He said a number of people were being interviewed last night and early today.

Child Dies After Crash With Police Car

A 2-year-old Glen Burnie girl died yesterday morning after she was injured when her mother's vehicle and an Anne Arundel County police car collided Friday, a spokesman at Johns Hopkins Children's Center said.

Kelsi Forney died about 9:30 a.m. yesterday. Her mother, Brandi Forney, 20, of Glen Burnie, died in the crash Friday at Old Mill Road and Old Mill Boulevard. Officer Stephen Perron was responding to the report of an armed robbery when his cruiser, which had its lights and siren activated, struck Forney's vehicle, police said.

Police said Forney apparently was pulling out from a stop sign into the intersection. Perron suffered a minor chest injury and is on sick leave, police said.

Forney's daughter had been riding in a child's car seat.

Police are investigating who was at fault in the crash.

Driver Injured in Attack on Beltway

Maryland State Police are investigating an assault on an 18-year-old college student whose car window was shattered by a thrown object as she drove along the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County.

Police said the woman, who suffered a minor eye injury from glass shards, told officers she was driving on the outer loop of Interstate 495 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Kenilworth Avenue about 6:30 p.m. Friday when four men pulled up alongside her car and shouted disparaging remarks with racial overtones.

The woman, a University of Maryland College Park student who was not identified by name, said that she drove away from the other vehicle, a white 1999 Dodge Durango, but that it again pulled up next to her car. One of the Durango's occupants then threw an object that broke her driver's side window, police said.

No one has been arrested. State police spokesman Pete Piringer said the attack is not believed to be related to racist threats of violence to some black students at the College Park campus.

Tuition Plan Seeks Wider Enrollment

Officials of Maryland's college tuition savings plan will ask legislators in January to approve two key changes to help boost participation in the two-year-old program.

They want the state to stand behind the plan, guaranteeing participants that money will be there to pay tuition when children enroll in college. And they are seeking permission to offer a savings plan, similar to a 401(k) retirement plan, that could be used for college expenses.

During the first two years of the plan, only about 3,700 contracts have been signed for prepaid tuition plans.


Body of Hampton Waterman Recovered

The body of a waterman missing in the Chesapeake Bay for more than a week was found yesterday, according to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

A patrol officer found the body of Steven Carpenter, 45, of Hampton, yesterday afternoon at one of the islands near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, said agency spokesman W. Wilford Kale Jr.

Carpenter had been fishing in a wooden-hulled clam boat Nov. 13 in the clamming beds off Norfolk at the base of the Chesapeake when a rail he had been leaning on broke and he fell overboard. Commission patrols had been searching for him since then.


"It's always a battle. When we take one group out another starts to rise. The best we can do is to hit gangs before they become too active."

-- Ronald Hutchinson, warden, Maryland House of Correction, describing the aftermath of the removal of a gang leader in the prison in Jessup.