(UnitedVoice.com) – Carjackings are a major problem in Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas. There are hundreds of them every year. As of February 2, there were already 49 in the nation’s capital this year. One of those crimes involved one of former President Donald Trump’s ex-administration officials.
On Monday, January 29, the Metropolitan Police Department reported a man, identified as Michael Gill, was sitting in a vehicle outside of a building, waiting to pick his wife up from work. As the 56-year-old was sitting there, 28-year-old Artell Cunningham allegedly walked up and shot him in the head. The victim was a former chief of staff at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission during the Trump administration. He is currently a senior vice president of the Housing Policy Council.
According to reports, a woman found Gill on the ground with one foot inside the vehicle. His right hand was twitching, and he was in a pool of blood. A woman ran out of the building and screamed that it was her husband. Police said after the suspect shot Gill, the victim got out of the car and collapsed. He was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
About an hour after the shooting, there was an attempted carjacking a few blocks away. Then, 10 minutes later, at 7:15 p.m., Cunningham allegedly carjacked Alberto Vasquez Jr., 35, and killed him. Vasquez was the father of two young daughters. His father spoke to the press about the magnitude of his family’s loss.
AT 4: "I love you, son…I can hear those words."
That was one of the last talks Jacob Walker had with his son Alberto Vasquez, Jr. before he was killed in a DC/MD crime spree of shootings and carjackings Monday.
— Lili Zheng (@lzhengtv) January 31, 2024
The suspect then traveled into Maryland, where he carjacked someone else at about 10 p.m. that evening. At 11:10 p.m., there was another armed carjacking in the state.
At 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the suspect shot at a DC police officer on I-295. Thirty minutes later, the suspect fired at a Maryland State Police trooper who was helping someone in a disabled vehicle on I-95. The crime spree came to an end at 4:30 a.m. when New Carrollton police officers fatally shot Cunningham.
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