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21-year-old is fatally shot in Southwest

A 21-year-old man was fatally shot Tuesday in Southwest Washington, police said.

D.C. police identified the man as Robert Spencer of Northeast. They said Spencer was found unconscious by officers who went to the 100 block of Irvington Street after gunfire was reported about 10:20 Tuesday night.

No additional details were immediately available.

— Peter Hermann

Woman is sexually assaulted in Shaw

A woman was sexually assaulted Tuesday morning inside a business in the Shaw neighborhood.

An unknown man walked into the woman’s workplace in the 1700 block of Seventh Street NW about 9 a.m. Tuesday and sexually assaulted her, officials said.

Investigators are trying to identify and speak with a man they describe as in his early 20s with a medium complexion, a skinny build and short hair. He’s also said to be between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10.

The man was last seen wearing a gray shirt, black Helly Hansen pants, gray and green shoes, and a gray baseball cap. Police said he has a tattoo on his right forearm with unknown letters and that he carried a blue, satchel-type backpack.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099.

— Clarence Williams

MARYLAND
Magruder High is evacuated

Seven students and two staff members were taken to a hospital Thursday after the smell of gas led to the evacuation of Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School in Rockville, Montgomery County fire officials said.

The evacuation, minutes before afternoon dismissal, was ordered after gas was detected on the second floor of the school.

Officials believe that the odor was from a sewer pipe in a classroom. That pipe was capped, and school staff were handling the issue.

The students and staff who received medical care were evaluated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, fire officials said.

The school was cleared for reentrance shortly after 3:30 p.m., according to school officials. One after-school activity was canceled.

— Donna St. George

A $1.75 million gift for Loyola University

Loyola University Maryland is receiving a $1.75 million gift to form a program in peace and justice studies.

The college says Mary Catherine Bunting of Ruxton, Md., a 1964 graduate of Mount St. Agnes College, is making the gift to create the program that will be named in her honor. The undergraduate program will also host a speaker series.

The college says the donation is one of the largest program-specific gifts in its history. Loyola joined with Mount St. Agnes College in 1971.

In a statement, Bunting said, “A little money going into peace is much better than all of the money going into war.”

Bunting is a retired certified nurse practitioner and was once a nun with the Sisters of Mercy.

The program is expected to launch in 2014.

— Associated Press

VIRGINIA
Man, 65, dead after Prince William fire

One person is dead after a two-alarm fire in a Gainesville townhouse early Thursday, authorities said.

Police identified the person as Stephen Frankenberg, 65, of Gainesville.

The blaze began around 4:30 a.m. in a townhouse in the 8400 block of Tackhouse Loop.

Fire officials in Prince William County said several people were rescued.

— Maggie Fazeli Fard