- The Washington Times - Monday, August 28, 2000

District of Columbia police have an arrest warrant for a second suspect in the May 17 killing of a Northwest women they say was caught in the crossfire between rival gangs.
Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Harrell Hagans, 20, in the death of Eva Hernandez.
Police said rival gangs were warring for control of the 3900 block of 14th Street when Mrs. Hernandez, 43, was killed while on her way home from a coin-operated laundry.
"We're asking citizens who have any information on the whereabouts of the second man and others involved in this case to call us," Sgt. Joe Gentile, a city police spokesman, said yesterday.
There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment. All callers will remain anonymous.
On Friday, police arrested Brion Arrington, of the 300 block of Decatur Street NW, and charged him with first-degree murder.
Police said the gunfight may have been in retaliation for another shooting in the same block, where Mrs. Hernandez lived, about eight hours earlier.
Mrs. Hernandez, 43, had not even gotten out of her car when members of two gangs warring for turf rights to that block opened fire on each other, police said.
Mrs. Hernandez was shot in the neck and body and taken to Washington Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead at 1:17 a.m. The shooters number unknown got away. Police continue to look for other suspects.
Detectives said they had zeroed in on Mr. Arrington, 22, weeks earlier after he was identified by informants. Last week, police learned he was about to be released from jail on an unrelated traffic violation.
Prosecutors worked quickly to get police the warrant they needed to arrest Mr. Arrington, who was taken into custody Friday night as he was leaving D.C. Jail.
Yesterday afternoon, residents along the 3900 block of 14th Street were pleased to hear about an arrest in the case. They said they hope the arrests will put a stop to gang violence that has been present in their community for more than a year.
"To hear that this shooting was gang-related wasn't a surprise to me," said Jim Peete, who lives near where Mrs. Hernandez was shot. "We've had gangs for quite some time now. We've just all learned to be careful."
Elvia Perez, a neighbor, said she was happy that someone has been charged in Mrs. Hernandez's death. But she said she also wants police to crack down on the gang activity in her neighborhood.
"This is good that they have someone [in custody]," Mrs. Martinez said. "And I hope they catch the others. It's scary here because you don't know if this will ever happen again."

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