Department of Public Works shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 injured (video)
Updated: October 18, 2010 - 02:29 pm
UPDATE 2:27 p.m. Oct. 18: The Washington Post reports that trash service has been canceled Thursday so DPW workers may attend Larry Hutchins' funeral services.
Thursday pick-ups move to Friday and Friday pick-ups move to Saturday, the Post added.
UPDATE 1:56 p.m., Oct. 18: Funeral services for slain sanitation worker Larry Hutchins will be held Thursday, October 21, at the Temple of Praise church.
The viewing begins at 9 a.m., with services following at 11 a.m. The church is located at 700 Southern Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20032.
No arrests have been made in the Oct. 13 shooting that killed Hutchins and wounded a co-worker.
UPDATE 7:06 a.m.: It appears that the Department of Public Works has beefed up security in the area, as an ABC 7 crew at the scene reports noticing more officers patrolling the entrances and checking IDs.
UPDATE 11:30 p.m.: The Suitland, Maryland home where the Hutchins lived together may be filled with family but the glue that held them together is gone.
"Now this funeral has to be planned, and I was telling my sister, 'this is something normally Harry O would make happen. So who's gonna do that now?'" shared Pamela Pope, Larry Hutchins sister-in-law.
Larry Hutchins, or "Harry O," had just showed up for work and was having a cigarette in the parking lot when he was shot and killed.
His sister-in-law Vera Mitchell said, "you can't believe it. Everybody is still trying to grasp why. Why? Why did this happen?"
He was 51 years old, had 24 years with the DPW and by all accounts, loved his job.
Police say the shooting suspect was in uniform, possibly a DPW uniform. in the hours after the shooting, workers were questioned. They were stunned not just by the loss, but the violence.
"coming today, you never would have thought this would have happened at any of our work sites," said co-worker Donnell Pringle.
In Suitland, Shadone Hutchins mourns the loss of her husband and sends a message to the person who killed him.
She said, "So whoever, if you're listening or looking, I wish you'd come forward."
UPDATE 4:19 p.m.: D.C. police are searching for the gunman who opened fire outside the District Department of Public Works' lot in Northeast early Wednesday morning, wounding two men, one fatally.
One victim, Larry Hutchins, had just arrived at DPW for work about 6:15 a.m. He was shot while he was having a cigarette. Hutchins, 51, didn't survive. His widow spoke to ABC 7's Suzanne Kennedy:
"You're not safe nowhere," said Shadone Hutchins. "Any time you can't go to work, you can't walk out the door. . . today, tomorrow, whenever -- You can get shot."
Hutchins was a 24-year veteran of DPW. His stunned colleagues praised his work ethic and people skills.
"I don't care what situation we put him in, he could work with anybody, anytime, any place," said Donnell Pringle. "He just wanted to go do the work. "
"I just wish that maybe some security was put in place and this would've never happened to one of our colleagues," said Pamela Nix.
D.C. police say the suspect was in a uniform, possibly a DPW uniform.
Many workers were questioned but no suspect has been identified.
"These folks work too hard to have senseless shootings like this take place while they're just trying to come to work to do their job," said Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
Hutchins' widow pleaded with the gunman to come forward.
"Come forward," Shadone Hutchins implored. "Even if it was an accident or wasn't intended, please come forward and do something because I just lost something that meant a lot to me, my husband. "
The other wounded employee remains hospitalized in good condition. His identity has not been publicly released.
UPDATE 3:17 p.m.: The Department of Public Works released a statement about the shooting early Wednesday that killed a 20-year employee, 51-year-old Larry Hutchins.
As you can imagine, we are all stunned and saddened by the shooting that occurred today at our "W" Street facility in northeast. I have spoken to employees at the W St., NE facility as well as with the families of both employees directly affected by the incident. Our prayers go out to both of the families and the second employee who is still hospitalized.
Police are still searching for the gunman, who may have been wearing a DPW uniform.
UPDATE 10:46 a.m.: In a press conference Wednesday morning, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty confirmed that Larry Hutchins, 51, of Suitland, Md. died after being shot in the parking lot of the Department of Public Works.
According to NBC4, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Hutchins had been a DPW employee for 24 years. He was shot and killed while on the job in what she described as a "workplace-related" shooting.
The other victim in the shooting, Lanier said, is in good condition.
Lanier said the shooter was clad in some sort of uniform, though she did not specify what kind of uniform. The shooter filed multiple rounds and hit the two workers in the DPW's rear parking lot.
Police have not released any information on potential suspects or motive in the case at this time.
UPDATE 9:31 a.m.: Citywide trash collection
in the vicinity of W Street, NE has been suspended today due to police activity in the area.
UPDATE 9:19 a.m.: One man has died from his injuries, the Washington Post reports.
UPDATE 8:24 a.m.: D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier say this shooting could be work-related. She says one victim is in grave condition and the other is stable.
UPDATE 8:15 a.m.: Both men are employees of the D.C. Dept. of Public Works, NBC 4 reports.
Two men were injured, one critically, after a shooting in the rear parking lot of the D.C. Department of Public Works building in Northeast, fire officials confirm.
It happened at 1241 W St. early Tuesday morning.
Police say one of the victims is highly critical and the other is in stable condition.
Authorities are unsure about how many suspects are involved, but say one was wearing a Department of Public Works uniform.
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