He says UMC's closure would limit losses as the city prepares to open a new hospital.
In a similar Democratic vein, D.C. Council member Vincent Gray, who represents the Ward 7 neighborhoods where the four homicides occurred, said: "This weekend's violent crimes are beyond tragic and intolerable. This weekend's violence in Ward 7 and in other parts of the city underscores the need for increasing the number of police officers on our streets and in our neighborhoods. However, this has to be done responsibly, with officers who have been trained in and have an in-depth understanding of community policing. We need officers who know our neighborhoods, who are culturally competent and trained to provide intervention and preventive measures before disputes escalate to homicides."