- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 3, 2007


A-13-year-old boy fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Columbia Heights was one of four persons killed during a violent weekend in the District.

Terry Cutchins of Northwest was shot about 10:20 p.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of Girard Street when shots were fired from a dark-colored sport utility vehicle, a Metropolitan Police Department spokesman said yesterday.

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said the boy probably was not an innocent bystander caught in a crossfire. Investigators will review video from a crime-surveillance camera that monitors the notoriously dangerous corner.

A 23-year-old man also was shot in the attack and was taken to Washington Hospital Center.

Chief Lanier said last night that she is telling officers to be ready for extra work with expectations of more violence as summer approaches.

She also said the violence pushed up her plan to announce a crime-prevention initiative this week, created from studying five years of crime data from June to August — among the most violent stretches of the year.

Chief Lanier said the plan involves “more precision with deploying officers” and that similar efforts in the department’s 1st District helped stop a recent series of crimes on Capitol Hill and the H Street corridor and robberies of taxi drivers near Union Station.

She said guns and robberies are what lead to violence in the District.

One of the weekend victims was shot by police officers at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Two officers were responding to a complaint about disorderly conduct in the 600 block of Edgewood Street Northeast.

A suspect pointed a gun at the officers as they met on a fourth-floor landing, police said.

The officer, a six-year veteran, fired several times. The officers have been placed on routine administrative leave.

Terrence Fowler, 19, was killed at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the 5200 block of Clay Street Northeast. Police said Mr. Fowler, of the 10000 block of Melwood Park Place in Upper Marlboro, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body.

The fourth victim was killed at about 2:30 a.m. yesterday in the 5800 block of Field Place Northeast. He was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and was pronounced dead at Howard University Hospital.

Police said they had no suspects in any of the shootings.

There have been 72 reported homicides in the District so far this year.

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