Wednesday, October 13, 2010

DPW Shooting: Trash, Recycling Suspended Today, Wednesday

There's no trash or recycling pickup today, Wednesday, because of a shooting at the DC Department of Public Works. One of the two shooting victims, DPW employee Larry Hutchings, 51, has died, according to DCist. The other victim is in critical condition. The shooting occurred at 6:15am Wednesday morning at DPW's facility at 1241 W Street, NE, the Washington Post reports.

The motivation and identity of the shooter remain unknown. Many DPW employees get their jobs soon after being released from prison, and it is not known at this time if the shooting is related to prison activity.

Here is the announcement from the Department of Public Works, which only mentions "police activity," and not a shooting:
The DC Department of Public Works announced today that trash/recycling collection will be suspended today due to police activity and restricted access in the vicinity of the collections yard at W Street, NE. This includes trash, recycling, bulk and dead animal collection. Trash and recycling collection days will continue to slide to the next day due to the Columbus Day holiday and will take place through Saturday. Those with once a week trash/recycling collections that would have taken place today (normally on Tuesday) are asked to hold their trash/recycling until their regularly scheduled day next week. Bulk collections scheduled for today will be rescheduled and those residents will be notified accordingly.

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