Antiwar display removed again

An antiwar protest display that has been a fixture outside the White House for more than three decades was removed early Sunday after a volunteer abandoned watch during the night.

Activist Concepcion Picciotto, 77, and volunteers from the Peace House, a group dedicated to peace efforts in the District, spent the morning hours trying to figure out how to quickly recover and rebuild the display.

Lawyer Ann Wilcox, who represents Picciotto and works with the Peace House, said the U.S. Park Police apparently seized the protest materials after the volunteer walked away. When another volunteer showed up to work the morning shift, the vigil was gone.

“It has to be continually attended. Someone has to be there. Otherwise it can be seized,” said Wilcox, referring to the laws that regulate protest efforts. “We will see what we can do. Obviously we want to reclaim it, recover it and have a better support system.”

A similar situation happened last month when another volunteer abandoned the protest, Wilcox said.

A spokesman for the U.S. Park Police did not return a request for comment.

Last month, the vigil’s disappearance swiftly gained attention from the White House press corps, and stories about the missing display made national news.

— Amy Brittain

Shooting injures 2
in Gaithersburg

A shooting in Gaithersburg injured two people Saturday night, Montgomery County police said Sunday.

The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. in the 7700 block of Prince Hall Court, a police spokesman said. The location is near the Flower Hill Shopping Center.

One victim was injured in the leg, and the other in the hip, the spokesman said. The injuries are not considered life-threatening, he said. No details of the incident were released.

No arrests have been made in the case.

— Mike DeBonis, Clarence Williams

Teen dies from
shooting injuries

A 17-year-old died Sunday from injuries sustained during a shooting Friday morning in Reston, Fairfax County police said.

Detectives were still investigating whether the shooting of Juan Carlos Godoy in the 2200 block of Marginella Drive was an accident, police said in a news release.

They have charged Javier DeJesus Martinez, 26, with illegal possession of a firearm by an illegal immigrant, authorities said.

DeJesus was an acquaintance of Godoy’s, police said.

— Antonio Olivio