Two Shot, One Fatally, in Herndon
Two young adults were shot, one fatally, in a residential neighborhood in Herndon last night, police said.
A 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman were walking in the 1000 block of Park Avenue shortly after 9:30 p.m. when they were shot, police said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the woman was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital. Her condition was not immediately released.
Senior Sgt. Jerry Keys of the Herndon police department said early today that police were trying to determine what happened and how many shooters were involved. He was unable to provide other details.
Last week, a 16-year-old boy was attacked with a machete in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, on the county's eastern edge. Herndon, where last night's incident occurred, is about 20 miles to the west.
Guardian Angels Patrol After Gang Attack
Members of the anti-crime group the Guardian Angels passed out anti-gang fliers yesterday in the neighborhood in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County where a 16-year-old was seriously wounded last week with a machete. Police said the attack stemmed from a feud between two rival Latino gangs.
Yesterday, a group of Guardian Angels gathered in the 6400 block of Edsall Road to distribute fliers that included the telephone number of a 24-hour hotline for people who want to learn how to combat gangs, the Associated Press reported.
John Ayala, the group's mid-Atlantic director, said the Guardian Angels were recruiting new members and planned to patrol three or four times a week in the neighborhood, the AP reported.
Saturday night, more than a dozen Guardian Angels patrolled a carnival at Springfield Mall, said Mary Ann Jennings, a spokeswoman for Fairfax County police.
In last week's attack, a 16-year-old boy's hands were mutilated with a machete. Hayner S. Flories, 18, a reputed member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, was charged in the attack with malicious wounding and participation in a gang, authorities said. The victim is reportedly a member of a rival gang, South Side Locos, officials said.
Traffic on I-95 Ramp Halted for Bear
Traffic on an Interstate 95 entrance ramp was halted briefly in Fredericksburg yesterday to let a bear cross the road, authorities said.
Authorities said the young adult black bear was spotted about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection and became trapped in the grassy area enclosed by the looping ramp.
Fredericksburg police Lt. Brent Taylor said he stopped traffic on the ramp from westbound Route 3 to northbound I-95 for about 30 seconds to let the animal flee into nearby woods.
Clues Sought in Killing of Former Educator
Police yesterday combed through the home of former D.C. Board of Education member Terry Hairston, searching for clues as to who killed him and left his body in his Southeast Washington home, spokesman Joe Gentile said.
The body was discovered Saturday by a family friend who went there after Hairston's family expressed concern that he had missed his sister's graduation from the University of Maryland. Police said that Hairston was shot in the body and that his rental car was missing.
Gentile said yesterday that police were still searching for the car, a gray or silver 2004 Nissan Sentra with Virginia tags YFU-2586.
Hairston represented Ward 7 on the school board from 1995 to 1998 and had been planning a political comeback.
Body of Woman Found Near Train Tracks
The body of a woman who apparently died after being hit by a train was discovered yesterday morning in the District, officials said.
About 11:30 a.m. yesterday, someone called the fire department to report spotting a body on or near CSX train tracks near New York and Montana avenues NE, said Alan Etter, a fire department spokesman.
Emergency workers arrived and found the body of a woman, Etter said. The D.C. medical examiner is to conduct an autopsy.
Social Services Executive to Run in Ward 7
Vincent C. Gray, executive director of Covenant House Washington, a community services center, declared his candidacy Saturday for the Ward 7 seat on the D.C. Council.
D.C. political observers began pegging Gray, a former director of the District's Department of Human Services, as a potential candidate in March 2003 after he waged a vigorous campaign for chairman of the Ward 7 Democrats and won. Ward 7 council member Kevin P. Chavous (D) has said he expected Gray to run against him but expressed confidence that he could win a fourth term.
Teen Charged in Fatal White Oak Stabbing
Montgomery County police have charged a 15-year-old youth with murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old at a White Oak bus shelter Saturday night. Keenan Lee Jenkins is charged as an adult with killing Djafar Nzeza, authorities said. Jenkins was being held without bond, officials said.
According to Montgomery police, a caller reported a possible assault at a bus stop at 11235 Lockwood Dr. about 7:50 p.m. Saturday. Officers arrived and found Nzeza suffering from stab wounds, officials said. Nzeza, of the 11200 block of Lockwood Drive, was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Jenkins, of the 500 block of Southwest Drive in Silver Spring, was taken in for questioning and charged with murder, officials said.
Silver Spring Fire Displaces 13 Families
An apartment house in Silver Spring was damaged by fire yesterday, and the Red Cross said it would open a shelter for 13 families who were displaced.
The fire started about 5:40 p.m. at the Hampshire West, a four-level building on Hampshire West Court, authorities said. They said a pregnant woman was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. The fire's cause was not immediately known.
Body of Pr. George's Man Found After Fire
Prince George's County police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found after firefighters extinguished a house fire in Temple Hills early yesterday.
About 1:50 a.m., county police and firefighters responded to a house fire in the 4600 block of Weldon Avenue, authorities said. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and discovered the body of John A. Kasper, 52, a resident of the home.
"I feel like I'm being incarcerated if I can't move on the escalator. There's a protocol. You walk on the left and stand on the right."
-- Commuter Craig Culp, 44, of Gaithersburg, who often
encounters tourists standing on Metro escalators. -- Page A1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Allan Lengel, Ruben Castaneda, Martin Weil, Valerie Strauss and David Nakamura.