Suspect dies: The suspect in a shooting Monday at a Silver Spring bus stop apparently killed himself Wednesday in a White Oak parking lot, Montgomery County police said yesterday.

Gerardo Gutierrez Barilla, who police think was in his late fifties, was seen by construction workers as he paced the parking lot near an Office Depot in the 11100 block of New Hampshire Avenue about 8 p.m., police said. Minutes later, witnesses heard a gunshot and saw Barilla lying facedown in the lot, police said. A handgun was found at the scene, along with a note apparently written by Barilla, police said.

Police said they had obtained an arrest warrant for Barilla on murder charge in connection with the shooting of his girlfriend, a 39-year-old woman whom police have not identified, at a bus stop on Piney Branch Road about 8:30 p.m. Monday.



* A 30-year-old man was fatally shot yesterday morning in Northeast, police said. The man, whose name was withheld because police had not notified his relatives, was shot about 7 a.m. in the 1100 block of Bladensburg Road, police said. He was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he died, police said. Police said no arrests had been made.

* A man was found fatally shot inside a car yesterday in Northwest, police said. An officer on foot patrol found the man slumped in a car in the 800 block of Rittenhouse Street about 5:30 p.m., police said. They said the man was in his late twenties but they did not know his identity. No one reported hearing gunshots, police said.


Carjacking conviction: A Prince George's County jury convicted a Lanham man of first-degree sex offense, first-degree assault, carjacking and robbery yesterday in connection with an attack that began outside Springfield Mall in February 2003, officials said.

Sentencing for Leonard Lee Haley, 37, is scheduled for Jan. 6.

Prosecutors said Haley punched a 22-year-old woman as she approached her car in the mall parking lot. With a gun, Haley forced her to lie on the back seat of her car as he drove to Lanham. Haley stole $40 from her and took the woman to an industrial parking lot, where he sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said. Police found Haley's fingerprints inside the car, and DNA evidence also linked him to the crime, prosecutors said.


Arson charge: A 30-year-old Springfield man was charged yesterday in a fire at his Fairfax County home that injured four firefighters and caused $350,000 in property damage, fire investigators said.

James M. Beecroft was charged with burning or destroying a dwelling and setting a fire capable of spreading, both felony counts. The charges stem from a fire Sunday at Beecroft's home in the 4000 block of Hastings Street.

Officials said Beecroft suffered injuries as a result of the fire and was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital along with three of the injured firefighters. He is being held without bail at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Money laundering conviction: An Alexandria Circuit Court judge yesterday found a businesswoman guilty of money laundering for defrauding about $250,000 from businesses and individuals, including singer Roberta Flack, and radio and talk show host Tavis Smiley.

Karen McRae, 44, pleaded no contest to one felony count of money laundering. Circuit Court Judge Donald M. Haddock can sentence McRae to up to 40 years in prison at a hearing set for Dec. 16. McRae, described as a consultant, operated under a number of business names, including the Tucker McKenzie Group, records state.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.