Two men in­jured in sep­a­rate shoot­ings

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro -

Two men were shot and in­jured in sep­a­rate shoot­ings Mon­day af­ter­noon in the Dis­trict.

The first shoot­ing oc­curred around 1:40 p.m. at the in­ter­sec­tion of 19th and H streets in North­east, ac­cord­ing to the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Depart­ment. Sev­eral peo­ple were seen fight­ing in the area be­fore one man was shot, po­lice said. The vic­tim’s in­juries were not con­sid­ered life-threat­en­ing.

The sec­ond shoot­ing was re­ported around 4:25 p.m. in the 1000 block of Mount Olivet Road in North­east.

Po­lice said an adult male was in­jured. Fire of­fi­cials re­ported the man was shot mul­ti­ple times and taken to the hospi­tal with life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

Po­lice did not pro­vide sus­pect de­scrip­tions for ei­ther shoot­ing.

Mary Ay­ers-zan­der of Col­lege Park was sen­tenced Mon­day in fed­eral court in the Dis­trict. As part of her plea agree­ment, she will also have to pay back the money she stole.

Prose­cu­tors said that from 2007 to 2011, Ay­ers-zan­der ac­cessed tax­payer ac­counts and en­tered fraud­u­lent changes that re­sulted in cred­its. The vast ma­jor­ity of the re­funds the in­di­vid­u­als were cred­ited with went di­rectly to Ay­ers-zan­der’s bank ac­counts.

In court doc­u­ments, the men ad­mit to steal­ing at least $445,000 since 2010. That amount could reach $600,000 as in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tinue to comb through var­i­ous ac­counts, As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Chad Golder said.

Prose­cu­tors be­gan the in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter get­ting re­ports that Haile, a Metro Tran­sit Po­lice of­fi­cer, rou­tinely pulled up in a Jaguar to a con­ve­nience store in Wood­bridge with $500 bags of coins to buy lot­tery tick­ets. Mc­dade worked as a “rev­enue col­lec­tion tech­ni­cian” for Metro.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors tracked the pair dur­ing their work shifts and ob­served them de­vi­at­ing from their nor­mal route to hide bags of money in brush un­der­neath an over­pass in Alexan­dria. Af­ter leav­ing work, the men would re­turn to pick up the money.

Asked by U.S. Dis­trict Judge Leonie Brinkema, Mc­dade said the money would oc­ca­sion­ally be gone by the time they went to re­trieve it. Mc­dade oc­ca­sion­ally played the lot­tery but more of­ten put the money in his bank ac­count or made pur­chases at home-im­prove­ment stores.

Haile ad­mit­ted that he played the lot­tery on a mas­sive scale and told Judge Brinkema he is now be­ing treated for gam­bling ad­dic­tion. From Oc­to­ber through De­cem­ber, Haile spent $28,000 on lot­tery tick­ets at a sin­gle con­ve­nience store.

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