1 Killed, 4 Hurt in Shooting

A shooting early yesterday on East Capitol Street SE led to one death and four injuries, authorities said.

Police identified the victim as Jerome Humphrey of the 3800 block of Halloway Drive in Upper Marlboro. They said his age was undetermined.

A gold-colored vehicle was driving alongside Humphrey's car, and an occupant fired several shots, hitting him at least once in the head, police said. Humphrey's car hit a utility pole, and two passengers -- a 45-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man -- were injured, said D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department spokesman Alan Etter.

The driver died at the scene, and the woman was thrown from the car and suffered severe lacerations to her head and cuts and scrapes on her arms, Etter said. The other passenger had minor injuries. Police did not release the names of the passengers yesterday.

The other injuries came when an ambulance responding to the shooting collided with another vehicle at the intersection of 17th Street and Maryland Avenue NE. Two emergency medical technicians suffered minor injuries, Etter said.


Gun Brought to School

A 37-year-old Prince William County man was charged with allowing access to firearms by children after a teacher at Montclair Elementary School discovered a gun in his child's backpack Friday, police said. The man, Michael G. Fouche, was released on a personal recognizance bond, police said.

Fouche, who has a concealed weapons permit, had placed the gun inside the backpack during a soccer game that he and his son had attended Thursday evening and forgot to remove it, police said. The boy's age could not be determined yesterday.

Fouche said his son has special needs and is "physically incapable of operating the weapon," according to the Associated Press. Fouche said he carries the gun for defensive purposes. The child did not know that the weapon was in the bag when it was found by the teacher, according to police.

U-Va. Panel Suggests Changes

A committee formed after racially tinged incidents at the University of Virginia recommended yesterday the creation of an officer for "diversity and equity" who would report to the president.

The panel also recommended the development of an academic program on issues of equity and diversity; an exchange program between the university and historically black colleges and universities; a clear system of reporting incidents of "inappropriate and/or disrespectful behavior"; and initiatives to recruit minority students, faculty and staff.

The report, "Embracing Diversity in Pursuit of Excellence," was presented to the university's board of visitors.

The diversity committee was created along with the President's Commission on Diversity and Equity after two incidents involving students in 2002.

Three students wore blackface makeup to an off-campus Halloween party, prompting the Inter-Fraternity Council to temporarily suspend the two fraternities that organized the party. In another incident, a student council presidential candidate of black and Asian descent said she was the victim of a racially motivated attack in a campus parking lot.

Racial tensions were stirred further this year when Charlottesville police began randomly asking black males to submit to DNA testing in hopes of finding a serial rapist. Critics called the practice racial profiling, and police revised the testing.


Ocean City Election Watched

Ocean City's mayor faces stiff opposition this month in what some political observers say could be a watershed municipal election. Mayor James Mathias is the face of the Atlantic resort town for many Marylanders, but his challenger, Vincent Gisriel, a slow-growth advocate, argues that the town has failed to rein in developers or hold the line on property taxes.

Gisriel, a state tax assessor who has spent 14 years on the Town Council, said people in the resort town are stirred up and ready to go to the polls.

The nonpartisan Oct. 19 election comes as smaller, older properties are rapidly giving way to high-rise buildings and luxury condominiums.

Mathias said Ocean City must preserve its image as a family resort even as it leaves room for growth that helps fuel the local economy.

"There will be some benefit, but it's probably less than what the politicians are representing."

-- Andrew Zimbalist, a Smith College economics professor, on the potential economic impact of a publicly financed, $440 million baseball stadium in the District. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers David Snyder and Elaine Rivera and the Associated Press.