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Fatal Shooting A 31-year-old Northeast Washington man was shot on East Capitol Street on Wednesday night and died the next day, police said.

Thomas Young, of the 1100 block of 16th Street NE, was shot several times about 8 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The shooting took place in the 5300 block of East Capitol Street. Authorities said they were not sure what Young was doing in the neighborhood.

Young was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center, where he died Thursday. Police urged anyone with information to call 202-727-9099.


Two Dead in Baltimore Fire Arson was blamed for the fire in a west Baltimore apartment where two people died early yesterday, and police were investigating the deaths as homicides, a police spokeswoman said.

A neighbor told the Associated Press that she saw four people running out of the building shortly before the blaze began.

One victim died at the scene, and the second died at a hospital, said Kevin Cartwright, a spokesman for the Baltimore Fire Department. Fire officials identified one victim as Thomasina Evans and were trying yesterday afternoon to identify the other victim, a man.

Their bodies were taken to the state medical examiner's office for autopsies, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

Firefighters, who got the call about 3:30 a.m., had the fire under control within 20 minutes, Cartwright said. Investigators determined that an accelerant was used.


Drunk Driver Sentenced A drunk driver who caused a crash that killed two Dale City brothers was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison, with all but eight suspended.

Rudi Vasquez, 31, also was sentenced in Prince William County Circuit Court to five years' probation. He pleaded guilty in September to drunken driving and two counts of involuntary manslaughter for his role in the May 1 crash that killed Juan Valle, 26, and Audelino Valle, 30. The intoxication charge was Vasquez's fourth since 2002.

The Valle brothers were killed about 1:20 a.m. while driving to the townhouse they shared with two other brothers. As they traveled on Dale Boulevard, two cars drove toward them on the wrong side of the road. A Chevrolet driven by Vasquez slammed head-on into the Valles' Honda Civic. Police said Vasquez was intoxicated and speeding.

Authorities said they believed the vehicles on the wrong side of the road might have been racing.

Jose Reyes, 36, who allegedly was driving the second car, was charged with driving under the influence and two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter in the incident, authorities said. He faces trial in December.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.