WASHINGTON, D.C. – The community mourns the tragic passing of Michael “Mike” Gill, a 56-year-old senior vice president of the Housing Policy Council who was critically wounded in downtown Washington during a crime rampage. Gill, described as highly competent, devoted, and good-natured by those who knew him, was shot and fatally wounded in a carjacking incident on Monday evening. He leaves behind his wife and three children, as well as a legacy of dedicated service to his work and community.
Gill’s wife, Kristina, shared a statement expressing the profound sadness of his sudden departure and the gratitude for the outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and the community. Her heartfelt message also extended gratitude to those who’ve reached out to offer condolences and assistance while asking for privacy to mourn the loss of an incredible man.
Gill’s passing came in the wake of a series of crimes attributed to one man, Artell Cunningham, who also fatally shot another victim in a separate carjacking. The rampage ended when Cunningham was killed by police early Tuesday. The attacks included at least four carjackings, as well as firing shots at two police vehicles, leading law enforcement to believe that Cunningham was undergoing a psychiatric crisis at the time of the events.
The tragic loss of Michael Gill has left a community in mourning and has spotlighted the impact of senseless violence on innocent victims and their loved ones. As the city grieves the lives lost during the crime spree, the community comes together to offer support to those affected by the heartbreaking events.