- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Morning shootings add to crime spike

Two early-morning shootings yesterday are the latest in a summer spike in violent crimes.

The latest shooting was reported about 6:30 a.m. yesterday in the parking lot of a Southeast apartment building, where a man was found fatally shot in the head.

Another man was found dead in his car in Northeast.

Since Thursday, 16 persons have been shot in the city, though most have not been fatal.

Three persons were shot early Saturday morning, including one in front of a nightclub near the Washington Convention Center. Police arrested Daron Garvin, 25, after a gun was fired outside the Avenue club at about 2:30 a.m., hitting a 26-year-old woman in the thigh.



Chemical vapors evacuate Wal-Mart

Vapors caused by a chemical leak led to an evacuation of a Wal-Mart, which remained closed for several hours.

Fire Chief Larry Shifflett said the store was evacuated early Sunday after employees saw vapors coming from an aisle in the toy section where pool chemicals were stored. The vapors were hydrochloric acid that came from bags of swimming pool disinfectant that had come open. The vapor was created when the chemicals were exposed to water.

Chief Shifflett said the fire department received the call at about 5:40 a.m. after employees noticed a cloud filling the store.

The fire department’s hazardous-materials team ventilated the building.

No one was reported hospitalized.

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