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A former Trump administration official has died after being shot during a carjacking incident in Washington, D.C., last week, according to a Saturday report.
Fox News said that Mike Gill, who served as chief of staff at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), “was sitting in his vehicle on Monday night, when a suspect entered his car and shot him. The incident happened in the 900 block of K Street NW at around 5:45 p.m.”
Police have identified the suspect as Artell Cunningham, 28. Law enforcement officials added that Cunningham attempted to steal another vehicle approximately an hour later and subsequently approached other individuals, demanding their car keys.
Among those individuals was Alberto Vasquez, Jr., 35, who Cunningham is alleged to have fatally shot during a carjacking incident at the intersection of 3rd and N Streets Northeast. Cunningham was subsequently shot and killed by law enforcement officers, Fox News reported.
Gill’s wife, Kristina, broke the news of her husband’s death to FOX 5 DC.
“It is with profound sadness that I wish to inform the community of the passing of my husband, Mike Gill,” she said in a statement. “His sudden departure has left a void in our lives that can never be filled.”
“In this time of grief, we are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and the community, and extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has reached out to offer condolences and assistance,” she added.
Former CFTC chairman Christopher Giancarlo described Gill as “one of the most wonderful, honest, earnest, and open-hearted persons on this earth.”
“His life reflects everything that is good and right and true,” Giancarlo told FOX 5. “Words cannot express the tragedy of the loss of this fine man, colleague, and cherished friend. He will be sorely missed and long remembered.”
EXCLUSIVE: Mike Gill, a married father of 3, is in critical condition.
His family tells me a suspect shot him in 900 block of K St. NW 5:45pm Mon.
Suspect entered Mike’s car, shot him & ran away. Mike is Sr. VP for Capital Markets at Housing Policy Council(📸Gill Family)@fox5dc pic.twitter.com/y7I8DRxV9v
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) January 31, 2024
Carjacking incidents in Washington, D.C., have seen a notable increase in recent years, leading to frustration and concern among law-abiding residents. In October, Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, was a victim of a carjacking at gunpoint.
In November 2023, the D.C. police reported 250 homicides from January through November, marking the highest numbers the city had witnessed since 2003. During the same time frame, there were 908 recorded carjackings, with 77% of them involving the use of firearms, Fox News added.
The incident with Gill took place near the White House on K Street in downtown D.C. as he was picking up his wife, who works as an education lawyer.
According to the police, the assailant entered the stationary vehicle and shot the victim before escaping on foot. The victim, identified as Gill, then fell to the ground outside the vehicle.
The Washington Post reported that he had called his wife to say, “Hey, I’m downstairs,” and when she arrived at the ground floor, he had been shot, with the wife rushing out and saying, “Oh my God, that’s my husband.”
The Post, citing witness Yolanda Douglas, said the wife “ran toward her husband and grabbed his hand. ‘What happened?’ she asked, but he did not respond.”
Douglas “saw the victim, in a dress shirt and sweater, sprawled on the pavement with one foot still in the passenger’s side of a car. His right hand was twitching as blood pooled around his head,” the Post said.
Roughly an hour later, the suspect made an unsuccessful attempt to forcibly steal another vehicle on Third Street NE. Subsequently, the suspect fatally shot an individual on the street and commandeered their car.