(USNewsMag.com) – An ex-official for former President Donald Trump’s administration was shot and killed as part of a carjacking spree in Washington, D.C.
On Monday night, January 29th, Mike Gill was attacked in northwest Washington around 5:45 PM while sitting inside his car on K. Street. A suspected gunman, who police later identified as Artell Cunningham, shot and killed Gill, according to law enforcement.
Gill was a member of the Housing Policy Council, where he served as the Capital Markets senior vice president. He previously served in the Trump administration as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s chief of staff. Before that, Gill was also on the D.C. Board of Elections.
His wife, Kristina, released a statement about the murder. She said Gill’s “sudden departure has left a void” in his family’s lives “that can never be filled.” Kristina expressed gratitude toward those who reached out to the family to “offer condolences and assistance.” She described her husband as a “devoted” spouse and father and “a cherished son, brother, and friend.” Gill leaves behind two sons and a daughter.
The shooting of the former Trump official was the first of several reported that Monday during a carjacking rampage across the neighborhood. After shooting Gill, according to police, the 28-year-old Cunningham attempted to steal another vehicle at approximately 7 PM on 3rd Street.
Ten minutes later, it’s believed he approached people and demanded their car keys, eventually shooting a 35-year-old man and fleeing in his vehicle. The man, Alberto Vasquez Jr, died later in the hospital. Following two more jackings, Cunningham allegedly fired at a police officer on I-295 as well as a Maryland State trooper in Laurel, Maryland, along I-95.
Law enforcement finally caught up with Cunningham the following morning, Tuesday, January 30th, in Lanham, Maryland. He allegedly moved toward officers in an intersection while armed and was fatally shot by two officers of the New Carrollton Police Department. He was a resident of Suitland and had a criminal history.
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