One Dies in Shooting, One in Fall

An unidentified man was fatally shot in Southeast yesterday morning, D.C. police said.

They said the man was found shortly after 3 a.m. in the 1500 block of 41st Street SE.

In another incident, a 33-year-old man died late Friday after apparently plunging from a second-story window in Southeast, D.C. police said.

They said Leonard Bates, of the 700 block of Delaware Avenue SW, was found about 11:30 p.m. behind a building in the 400 block of 16th Street SE.

Another man who may also have fallen in the same incident was taken to a hospital, police said. Police said the incident is under investigation.

Two Hurt in Crash of Stolen Car

Two people were critically injured last night when two 14-year-olds in a stolen Jeep Cherokee traveling south on 14th Street NW crashed broadside into their car, D.C. police said.

Police said the incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. at 14th Street and Florida Avenue. Police said they took the teenagers into custody and charged them with unauthorized use of a vehicle. The injured 37-year-old District man and 30-year-old Maryland woman in the 2002 Toyota were taken to a hospital.


Attendant Shot at Gas Station

A Rockville gas station employee was shot during a robbery early yesterday, and Montgomery County police are searching for two men.

At 5 a.m., two men posing as customers entered the Exxon station on East Gude Drive. As the attendant left the booth to go to the storeroom, one of the men fired a handgun at him, police said.

The robbers -- described by police as men 17 to 20 years old -- forced the wounded employee to open the cash register and ran away with an undisclosed amount of money, county police said. The employee was taken to a hospital and was in guarded condition yesterday, officials said.

Investigators have released a surveillance video clip of the robbers. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 800-673-2777.

Injured Trooper Hospitalized

A Maryland state trooper struck by a vehicle Friday evening on the Capital Beltway was listed in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Trooper Zinnia Gailor, 28, had stopped to help after a two-vehicle crash on the outer loop of the Beltway at Connecticut Avenue about 8:20 p.m. when a Hyundai driven by Paul Sticklin, 25, of Maple Shade, N.J., struck Gailor and then rear-ended Gailor's patrol car. Gailor was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to the hospital.

Suitland Teen Reported Missing

Prince George's County police asked yesterday for the public's help in finding a 13-year-old Suitland girl reported missing Friday.

Karina Lissett Hernandez left her family's home in the 3400 block of Pearl Drive to go to Andrew Jackson Middle School on Friday morning, police said, but she never arrived.

Karina is 5 feet 9 and weighs 110 pounds. She has brown hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing tan khaki pants and a blue polo shirt, police said.

Investigators believe she might be with an acquaintance, Nelson Caravantez, 19, who is 5 feet 8 and 160 pounds, has black hair with blond highlights and may be driving a red 1990s Honda CRX hatchback with Maryland tags.

Anyone with information can call police at 301-772-4911 or Crime Solvers at 301-735-1111.


Teen's Illness Remains Mystery

A 16-year-old Chantilly High School student is recovering from an undiagnosed illness that has symptoms consistent with meningitis, Fairfax County health officials said yesterday.

Lab tests are being performed to identify the girl's illness, which appears to be viral, said Kimberly Cordero, a spokeswoman for the Fairfax County Health Department. The girl, who is at Inova Fairfax Hospital, has not been identified.

An unidentified form of meningitis killed another Chantilly High School student, sophomore Courtney "Kay" Richard, on Thursday.

Cordero said health officials do not know the cause of death of a 12-year-old Franklin Middle School student who died Thursday.

"Once the teacher shut off the lights and locked the door, we knew it was real."

-- Brian Wanzer, 13, a student at Prince William

County's Bull Run Middle School, the scene

of a weapons scare Friday. -- Page C1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Karin Brulliard, Martin Weil, Clarence Williams and Jessica Valdez.

Karina Lissett Hernandez, 13, of Suitland never arrived at school Friday.