Monday, November 15, 2004

D.C. police said yesterday that they have no suspects in the robbery and shooting that killed a Pennsylvania man outside a wedding reception at the Franciscan Monastery in Northeast.

Police said they do not have specific descriptions of the robbers who fatally shot George Francis Longshore, 58, of Elkins Park, Pa., on Saturday night. Police said, however, that they are investigating whether the shooting was related to another that occurred several hours later outside a party a few blocks away in the 1000 block of Newton Street NE.

In that incident, a Catholic University of America student was shot in the abdomen by one of three persons who got into a car after being asked to leave the party. The student was treated at Washington Hospital Center and released.

Earlier that night, Mr. Longshore had been walking to his car with his wife, daughter and son-in-law at 10:52 p.m. in the 3900 block of 14th Street NE when two men confronted them and demanded money.

Before the family could comply with the demands, the men began pistol-whipping Mr. Longshore’s son-in-law, his wife and his daughter, police said.

Mr. Longshore threw money at the robbers, who in turn shot him in the chest before running away with an undisclosed amount of money. Mr. Longshore and his family were taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he died about an hour later. His family was treated and released.

D.C. police Capt. C.V. Morris said yesterday that the neighborhood where Mr. Longshore was killed is quiet and that no violent crimes have occurred there recently. The shooting occurred near St. Francis Hall.

“This is a very isolated incident,” Capt. Morris said. “There is no fear in that neighborhood, or there shouldn’t be.”

Residents agreed. “With the monastery here, it is a very holy area,” said Richard McCarthy, who has lived in the neighborhood since 1997. “One of the reasons I moved here is that it’s safe.”

Police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. Police ask anyone with information in the case to call 202/727-9099.

Mr. Longshore was an official with Pennsylvania-based Catholic Health East, a multi-institutional Catholic health system.

The woman who answered the telephone at Mr. Longshore’s residence yesterday and the family’s neighbors refused to comment.

• Judith Person contributed to this report.

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