- The Washington Times - Monday, July 5, 2004

D.C. officials are investigating two fatal shootings and a blaze that damaged a Northeast school over the Fourth of July weekend.

Terrance Sanders, 24, of Temple Hills, died at a hospital early yesterday after he was found shot in a car parked in the 400 block of Atlantic Street SE. Two other persons found shot in the car were recovering last night. One was in critical condition, and the other was in stable condition.

On Sunday, Larry Baskin, 47, of Northeast, was found shot multiple times shortly after noon in the 400 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE. Mr. Baskin was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

Police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said police are offering a cash reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest in either slaying. Police ask anyone with information to call 202/727-9099.

Meanwhile, fire investigators are looking for those responsible for starting a blaze at Drew Elementary School in Northeast.

Investigators said someone threw a brick and ignited fireworks through a first-floor classroom window. The fire caused $15,000 in damage, including smoke damage to the upper floors. No one was hurt.

“It was deliberately done” and being labeled arson, said Alan Etter, a spokesman for the D.C. fire department.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the D.C. arson tip line at 866/91-ARSON.

Few traffic accidents were reported Sunday and early yesterday.

Virginia State Police did not report any serious traffic accidents or drunken-driving arrests on Sunday, a police dispatcher said.

Authorities in the District and Maryland were not available for comment.

The region had a string of holiday violence.

Police in Augusta County, Va., were working to identify a woman whose body had been dumped.

Augusta County Sheriff Randy Fisher said a man called police Sunday morning after he saw a man and a woman move the body from a car to the side of a road in the Buffalo Gap area. Sheriff Fisher said the witness initially thought they were dumping trash.

Sheriff Fisher said the victim appears to have been in her mid-40s. The sheriff said police are not sure how the woman died, and that an autopsy is planned for today.

The sheriff said the witness identified the car as a maroon 1992 Pontiac Grand Am four door with Virginia license plates.

Later Sunday, police said, a deputy in Tazewell County, Va., fatally shot a man who had rammed his vehicle into the deputy’s car, pinning the officer’s legs in the door. The 25-year-old man was pronounced dead at Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands. His name was not released.

Sgt. Jonathan Lowe suffered a broken leg in the incident, authorities said. WDBJ-TV in Roanoke reported that Sgt. Lowe had been responding to a domestic incident in Pounding Mill when he was attacked.

It was not clear how many shots Sgt. Lowe fired at the man. Tazewell County Sheriff H.S. Caudill did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

In Maryland, police said two men were found fatally shot early yesterday in northeast Baltimore.

Police said they received a call to the 4800 block of Claybury Avenue just after 2 a.m. Two men, ages 24 and 50, were found inside a home shot in the chest several times. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police had not identified the men, and said they had no motive or suspects.

In Ijamsville, Maryland State Police said officers shot and wounded a man after a three-hour standoff Sunday night.

State police said Randy Thomas, 49, of Green Valley Road, refused to surrender peacefully and instead fired at authorities who shot back.

He later appeared in the doorway of the home, unarmed and wounded, authorities said.

Mr. Thomas — who authorities said had been drinking and whose wife had left him a week earlier — was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Reports on his condition were not available last night.

The two troopers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

• This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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