January 31, 2024

Trump Admin Official Shot in DC Carjacking, Listed in Critical Condition

Mike Gill, a prominent Republican figure and former chief operating officer of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) during the Trump administration, is in critical condition after being shot in a carjacking incident in Washington, D.C.

The attack occurred as Gill was picking up his wife near the White House on K Street in downtown D.C. The assailant shot Gill, who collapsed outside the vehicle after calling his wife.

The tragic incident unfolded as the perpetrator engaged in at least two carjackings and one attempted carjacking.

The suspect's crime spree continued as he unsuccessfully tried to carjack another vehicle on Third Street NE. He fatally shot another person on the street and seized their car.

Police identified the suspect, and the stolen car was located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The assailant then carjacked a Toyota, ordered a rideshare, and seized that vehicle as well.

Around 2:30 am, the suspect shot at a Maryland State Police cruiser on D.C. 295. The abandoned Nissan used in the crime was later found in Prince George’s County. While officers were investigating the abandoned car, the suspect approached them with a firearm and was fatally shot by police.

Mike Gill served as the Republican representative on the District of Columbia's Board of Elections from 2016 to July 2020. He had an accomplished political career, including his role as the chief operating officer of the CFTC and chief of staff to former CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo.

Gill was known for his compassion, bipartisan collegiality, and contributions to policy initiatives, such as mortgage handling for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Presently, he serves as vice president of the Housing Policy Council.

The incident adds to the alarming rise in carjackings in Washington, D.C., with over 1,000 reported cases in 2023.

Carjacking incidents have affected various individuals, including an FBI agent, a Democratic congressman, and congressional staffers.

The severity of the situation has prompted concerns about public safety and the need for effective measures to address the escalating crime spree in the nation's capital.

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