Howard to furlough some hospital staff

Howard University disclosed Wednesday that it will require 1,700 of its hospital employees to take the equivalent of eight days of unpaid leave over the next year, in an effort to save $6 million.

The university said the furloughs “will be carefully coordinated to retain the highest quality patient care delivery.”

The Northwest Washington university said it had no plans for other hospital personnel cuts. Howard University Hospital, under pressure lately to cut ex­penses because of revenue shortfalls, also plans to reduce spending on employee overtime, supplies and drugs, among other steps.

University officials said recently that they have retained consultants to study options for the future operation of the hospital, which serves a high number of poor patients. The university, which owns the hospital, also faces significant fiscal challenges in other aspects of its operations.

— Nick Anderson

Man is wounded in Alexandria shooting

A 35-year-old man was critically injured in a shooting just before 7 a.m. Wednesday in Alexandria, city police said.

According to police, the shooting occurred in the 5400 block of Holmes Run Parkway. The victim was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Police said he was visiting his former home to pick up personal effects from his estranged wife.

Another man, 23, was treated at the scene for a gunshot wound to the hand, police said. He was interviewed by officers and taken to Inova Alexandria Hospital.

A pistol was recovered at the scene.

— Trishula Patel

Teen is stabbed at Herndon party

A teenage boy was stabbed and seriously injured at a party in the 2100 block of Astoria Avenue in Herndon early Wednesday, Fairfax County police said.

The victim, 17, was stabbed after an argument, police said. Officers were called to the party after 2 a.m., and the teen was taken to a hospital.

— Trishula Patel

Murder suspect is ordered to hospital

A Montgomery County man accused of stabbing his mother at least 40 times was ordered to a state hospital Wednesday for a psychiatric evaluation.

In Maryland, suspects who don’t understand the charges against them or cannot effectively participate in their defense are ruled incompetent to stand trial.

Some are treated until they understand. Or they continue to be held in secure hospitals. In Montgomery District Court on Wednesday, Judge Barry Hamilton ordered Fidel Washington, 25, to be transferred from a county jail to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital in Jessup.

Washington is accused of killing his mother, Esperanza Valle, whose body was discovered June 28 in the high-rise apartment unit they shared in Silver Spring. Washington was inside the apartment when her body was found.

— Dan Morse

Howard police shoot man wielding a knife

Howard County police said a man with a knife was shot by an officer inside BJ’s Wholesale Club in Columbia on Wednesday.

Howard Carvel Smith, 33, was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in critical condition. Police initially said Smith had suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, but his condition was changed.

Police said they received a call about 11 a.m. that a man was wielding a knife in the automotive section of BJ’s, in the 9000 block of Snowden River Parkway. According to police, responding officers repeatedly told Smith to put down the knife, but he refused.

“In that confrontation where he refused to drop the knife, the officer shot the suspect and he was taken to shock trauma,” said Sherry Llewellyn, a police spokeswoman.

— Baltimore Sun