- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 27, 2008


Six injured in NE shooting

Six people were shot late Friday on Lincoln Road Northeast, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Officers found three victims at the crime scene and another about a block away, on North Capitol Street. Two others drove themselves to a hospital.

Most of the victims were shot in the arms or legs, and none of the injuries was life-threatening. Police said they were not sure what started the incident and are searching for two gunmen.



Police identify officer in suspect’s shooting

The Prince George’s County Police Department has identified Cpl. William Peaco as the off-duty officer who fatally shot a man who he said was trying to rob him.

A police spokesman said Cpl. Peaco called police Friday morning to say he had shot a man who was trying to rob him at Rena Road. Police said two armed men had approached Cpl. Peaco in the parking lot of an apartment complex and attempted to rob him.

The spokesman said police found John C. Watts, 18, of Southeast, with gunshot wounds at the scene. Mr. Watts was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police continue to search for a second man thought to be involved in the attempted robbery. Officials say they recovered a shotgun from the parking lot that they think belonged to one of the robbers. Cpl. Peaco has been placed on administrative leave.


Hopkins ER closed by chemical attack

The Johns Hopkins hospital emergency room was closed for nearly two hours Friday while officials investigated a chemical thrown on a fast-food patron, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said the emergency room was reopened after the chemical was determined to be bleach or another cleaning agent.

The emergency room was closed after the victim arrived at about 5 p.m. suffering from skin irritation and two nurses began to experience eye irritation.

Walk-in traffic continued to be accepted during the incident, and the children’s emergency room was not affected. The two nurses returned to work after the incident.



Plane crash causes delays

A single-engine plane crash Saturday on the main runway at Norfolk International Airport resulted in delays for commercial flights, officials said.

The plane’s landing gear collapsed as it touched down on the main runway at about noon, sending the plane skidding across the runway, said Wayne Shank, deputy executive director for the Norfolk Airport Authority. Mr. Shank said the pilot of the private aircraft was not injured, and the runway was not damaged.


Officials say wildfire still poses danger

Officials fear a wildfire in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge could rekindle.

The fire, which burned 4,660 acres of the refuge in Suffolk, has been contained with the help of nearly 8 inches of rain in the past month. But it’s not out.

Refuge spokesman John Calabrese said heavy rain from a tropical storm or tropical depression in a short period of time is needed to extinguish the blaze. He says people in and around the refuge face a long summer as a result.

The blaze started June 9 when logging equipment caught fire in a remote area between Lake Drummond and the North Carolina state line.

The refuge covers 110,000 acres in Virginia and North Carolina.

From staff reports and wire dispatches.



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