THE DISTRICT

Man Killed, 3 Hurt in Shootings

Four men were found shot, one of them fatally, late last night in the District in two shootings that D.C. police believe might have been connected.

In the first incident, police were called to the 5300 block of Southern Avenue SE about 11 p.m. because of a reported shooting. Officers found a black, four-door Chrysler that had hit a tree. Inside, they found a man shot to death in the front passenger seat. Two other men, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, were taken to area hospitals.

A short time later, police responded to a reported shooting in the 5200 block of Dix Street NE and found a man who had been shot in the leg in a parking area of a housing complex. He was taken to a hospital.

Police were searching for a black pickup with tinted windows that they believe might have been involved in both incidents. Similar shell casings were found at the two shooting scenes, police said. No further information was available last night.

Man, 20, Killed in NE Shooting

A 20-year-old man was shot to death in Northeast Washington on Friday night, D.C. police said.

Michael Watts, of the 500 block of Irving Street NW, was found by police about 11:30 p.m. in the 800 block of 50th Place NE with a gunshot wound to his chest, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman. Watts was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. yesterday.

VIRGINIA

Pedestrian Who Died Identified

Fairfax County police yesterday identified a 57-year-old man who was fatally struck by a car Friday night as he crossed Route 50.

Manuel A. Gonzales-Pena of Lake Street in the Falls Church section of the county was crossing the westbound lanes of Route 50 at Patrick Henry Drive near Seven Corners when he was struck and killed about 8:20 p.m., police said. Gonzales-Pena was not in the crosswalk when he was struck, police said.

Police said the driver stopped and called 911.

Dale City Crash Kills Man, 59

A 59-year-old Dale City man died Friday afternoon when his car was struck by a pickup truck that ran a red light, Prince William County police said yesterday.

Robert Peters was driving on Bluefin Drive in Dale City about 2 p.m. when his Saturn was struck as he entered the intersection at Minnieville Road, said Sgt. Kim Chinn, a police spokeswoman. Peters was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died.

Chinn said the driver of the Dodge pickup, Michael Matsui, 28, of Woodbridge, said he had briefly looked away as he was nearing the intersection. She said he told investigators he looked up, noticed the light had turned red and unsuccessfully tried to stop.

Alexandria Official's Complaint

On her City Council stationery, Alexandria council member Joyce Woodson (D) complained about the police officer investigating her son in a vandalism incident and demanded that the officer receive remedial training, according to a copy of the confidential complaint obtained by The Washington Post.

The city has refused several requests to release a copy of the complaint, which Woodson filed after Alexandria police Detective Adrienne Miller came to her home in July to investigate her son's role in a highly publicized egging incident. The son, Samuel Howard Woodson IV, later was found guilty of misdemeanor destruction of property.

Alexandria Police Chief Charles E. Samarra replied in a letter to Woodson that after an investigation, "I have determined that Detective Miller did not violate department policies regulating rude or discourteous conduct."

The detective and Alexandria's police union have charged that Woodson used her official position as a City Council member to "harass and intimidate" Miller, a decorated 11-year veteran. Woodson denies those accusations.

Inova Fights Gouging Lawsuit

Attorneys for Inova Health System on Friday were in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, where they asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the nonprofit hospital chain of violating its tax-exempt status by overcharging uninsured patients and using aggressive tactics to collect on the bills.

The suit was brought by uninsured Inova Fairfax Hospital patient Paul Shipman, who says he was charged significantly more for his medical care than patients with insurance are and then harassed for payment. It is one of more than 50 such claims filed nationwide this summer against nonprofit hospitals and health care organizations. Plaintiffs' attorneys hope to have the cases certified as a class action.

Inova, one of the largest nonprofit hospital chains in Virginia, has denounced the suit as "meritless."

"To me, there could be nothing better for the area, economically, for the Expos to play the Orioles in the World Series."

-- Longtime Orioles fan Hugh McConville, who says he nevertheless could root for the transplanted Expos because they're in the National League. -- Page C1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Clarence Williams, Bill Broadway, Maria Glod, Annie Gowen and Leef Smith and the Associated Press.