Trump administration official critically injured in violent D.C. carjacking spree

 February 1, 2024

President Trump has often lamented the dilapidated state of Washington D.C. under Joe Biden.

The decline of the nation's capital hit home for Trump when a former White House staffer of his was critically injured in a carjacking. Mike Gill, a father of three, was shot Monday night during an 11-hour crime spree that killed one other person.

The mayhem finally stopped when police chased down the suspect, 28-year-old Artell Cunningham, and shot him dead in neighboring Maryland.

Trump official critically wounded

Police say Gill was sitting in his car around 5:45 p.m. on K Street in northwest D.C. when Cunningham entered and shot him in the head.

Witnesses observed a horrifying scene as Gill collapsed on the sidewalk, with one foot still in the passenger's side of the vehicle, blood pooling around his head and one hand twitching. Gill's wife cried out and ran to her husband, who was waiting to pick her up from work.

Gill was the chief of staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the Trump administration.

His family called him "an amazing husband, father, friend and colleague” with a “wonderful sense of humor” in a statement to Fox5.

11-hour crime spree

Roughly an hour after shooting Gill, at 7:05 p.m., Cunningham attempted another carjacking in northeastern D.C. that was unsuccessful.

10 minutes later, he shot and killed a man, 35-year-old Alberto Vasquez Jr., even as he forfeited the keys to his Chrysler. Video showed the door still open as Cunningham drove away in the stolen vehicle.

He later abandoned the vehicle in Maryland and stole two more cars - one from a rideshare driver - as he continued to terrorize the D.C. metro area into the early morning.

Around 2:30 a.m., Cunningham fired shots at a Maryland state trooper who was helping a stranded driver on I-95 near Route 198. The officer was unharmed, but the bullet shattered the windshield of his car.

Cunningham later returned to D.C. around 3 a.m. and shot at a marked police vehicle on DC-295. The bullet struck the side door of the car.

The suspect was fatally shot by two officers around 5 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Brite N Clean Laundromat in New Carrollton, Maryland. Police say the suspect approached them with two handguns.

Carjackings nearly doubled in D.C. in 2023, with over 900 incidents. The vast majority of offenders are juveniles who have been emboldened by the city's soft-on-crime agenda.

Joe Biden's handpicked prosecutor in D.C., Matthew Graves, has prioritized going after January 6th protesters while declining to prosecute many street crimes.

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