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Two Shot In D.C. Public Works Parking Lot

Two Shot In D.C. Public Works Parking Lot

Police Chief Cathy Lanier, second from right, says police are questioning two men who were wearing uniforms, but would not confirm if they were DPW uniforms. (Neal Augenstein/WTOP Photo)

WTOP.com | Associated Press

October 14, 2010

WASHINGTON — A double shooting in a Department of Public Works lot that killed one worker does not appear to be random, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says.

Police say 51-year-old Larry Hutchins of Suitland, Md., died after being shot around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday at the entrance to a lot in the 1200 block of W Street in Northeast.

The other victim is in good condition, Lanier says.

The two employees were shot while they were standing outside the DPW facility, says James Ivey, the head of their union.

It is not clear why they were shot.

Police are questioning two men who were wearing uniforms, Lanier says, but she would not confirm if they were DPW uniforms.

Mayor Adrian Fenty says the two workers who were shot were working at the time.

Many DPW employees get their jobs soon after release from prison, Ivey says, and are concerned for their safety, particularly after a stabbing at the same facility last year.

Trash and recycling collections in D.C. have been suspended for the day as a result of the shooting.

WTOP’s Neal Augenstein and Adam Tuss contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2010 by WTOP and The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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