Man apparently kills himself near museum

The D.C. police said a man died after apparently shooting himself Wednesday afternoon near the National Postal Museum, on Massachusetts Avenue next to Union Station.

The shooting occurred about 1:30 p.m. between North Capitol Street and First Street in Northeast Washington. The police said it occurred in or near an alley or side street off the main thoroughfare.

The police said that the man was wounded in his upper body and that a gun was recovered. Rachel Schaerr Reid, a D.C. police spokeswoman, said the incident is being investigated as an apparent suicide. The man was pronounced dead on the scene.

The area isusually crowded with people walking between offices and to and from the District’s main train station.

On March 3, the police said, a man standing in a crowd of people at midday fatally shot himself along the north fence line of the White House.

— Peter Hermann

Southeast shootings leave 2 injured, 2 dead

Four people were shot, two fatally, in three separate shootings in Southeast Washington on Tuesday night and early Wednesday, according to the D.C. police. Authorities said it does not appear any of the incidents are related.

Two people were shot about 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 4300 block of Seventh Street SE, near Barnaby Road in the Belmont Crossing apartment complex.

The police said that John Gaines, 53, who lived at the complex, was pronounced dead at the scene and that the other victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition. According to a police report, both victims were found in front of an apartment building. The survivor was shot five times, the police report says. Gaines was shot in the chest.

About 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, the police said, a man was found shot multiple times inside a second-floor apartment in the 4300 block of Wheeler Road SE, near Southern Avenue and the border with Maryland.

Richard Anthony Banks, 47, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead early Wednesday. Police said Banks lived in Southeast Washington, but also provided an address for him in Temple Hills, Md.

The D.C. police are also investigating a shooting that occurred about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday. The police said they were called to a residence in the 2600 block of Sheridan Road SE, near Barry Farm, and found a man who had been shot in the lower body. He was taken to a hospital with wounds that were not thought to be life-threatening.

The police said that investigators think the man was shot near the Anacostia Freeway and Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast, about two miles from where he was found.

— Peter Hermann

Woman is accused
of importing heroin

A woman who was arrested at Dulles International Airport last week with more than seven kilograms of heroin in her suitcase said she was sent from Mexico by unknown people and was watched throughout her flight, federal agents said.

Nelly Davila is charged in Alexandria federal court with importing heroin, facing a mandatory minimum of five years in prison if convicted.

Authorities said Davila was stopped by a customs agent at the airport’s international baggage claim after a Friday flight from Mexico City.

When Davila’s luggage was searched, authorities said, security agents found 7,785 grams of a substance that tested positive for heroin.

— Rachel Weiner

Group backs Edwards for county executive

Former congresswoman Donna F. Edwards received the support of the progressive group Maryland Working Families in her bid to become the county executive of Prince George’s County. Edwards, who was drafted to run by local activists, secured the endorsement of the group because of her focus on “lifting up working people,” including pushing for better paid family leave and to increase the minimum wage, said Charly Carter, its executive director.

Edwards’s lead competitors in the race for county executive are State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks and state Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George’s), who have strong support bases in the county.