Former Trump administration official Mike Gill, a father of three, died Saturday from injuries sustained during a carjacking last Monday.
The carjacking occurred around 5:45 pm Monday when suspect Artell Cunningham, 28, entered Gill’s car as he was parked waiting to pick up his wife at her law office, shot him, and then abruptly exited, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
“The suspect fled on foot from the scene. The victim is receiving treatment at a local hospital for life-threatening injuries,” the department originally reported last Tuesday.
Gill, 56, remained at the hospital until Saturday, when he succumbed to his injuries, according to his wife, Kristina.
EXCLUSIVE: Mike Gill has died.
The married father of 3 who was a member of former President Trump’s administration was shot during a deadly carjacking rampage in DC this past Monday.
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— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) February 4, 2024
“It is with profound sadness that I wish to inform the community of the passing of my husband, Mike Gill,” she said in a statement on Saturday to local station WTTG. “His sudden departure has left a void in our lives that can never be filled.”
“In this time of grief, we are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and the community, and extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has reached out to offer condolences and assistance,” she added.
She continued by describing her husband as “a devoted husband and father,” in addition to a “cherished son, brother, and friend.”
“Over the course of his remarkable life, Mike brought people together and made them feel included, supported, and loved,” she said. “His heart was evident in everything he did, as demonstrated by his mentorship and deep friendships with those who worked with him professionally.”
“Above all, Mike spoke with pride and love about his family, especially our children, Sean, Brian, and Annika. For those who wish to honor Mike’s memory, we ask that you cherish the moments shared and keep him in your thoughts and prayers,” she concluded.
Nick Onufrak, Mike Gill’s Close Friend pic.twitter.com/efFecrziQ3
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) February 4, 2024
Gill’s death is strongly believed to NOT be related to politics, given that Cunningham committed a number of other crimes after shooting him last Monday.
Around 7:05 pm, roughly an hour after shooting Gill, Cunningham attempted to carjack someone else but was unsuccessful.
Shortly thereafter around 7:15 pm, he approached a man and woman in their car and demanded their keys.
“The suspect then shot the man and fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died,” according to the MPD. “The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Alberto Vasquez Jr., of no fixed address. The vehicle was later located in Prince George’s County.”
Cunningham committed two additional carjackings in Prince George’s County before shooting at a police cruiser while driving one of the carjacked vehicles.
“At that time, the suspect drove to the 7500 block of Annapolis Road in Prince George’s County where he had an interaction with members of the New Carrollton Police Department that led to an officer-involved shooting,” the MPD notes.
Cunningham was killed during this interaction.
#UPDATE: The Maryland Office of the Attorney General has identified the suspect shot and killed as 28-year-old Artell Cunningham.
A woman, who did not want to be identified, said she encountered Cunningham when he tried to steal her car. @wusa9
— Alexis Wainwright (@AWainwrightTV) February 1, 2024
Following Cunningham’s death, MPD executive assistant chief Jeffrey Carroll told reporters that he had appeared to be undergoing a mental health crisis and had seemingly chosen his targets at random.
“The information that we have received so far is there is no connection between any of the individuals that perpetrated this crime and the people in D.C.,” Carroll said to WTTG.
“Information that we do have is that potentially, there are mental health concerns with this individual, and he went on a spree. This is not a typical carjacking or crime spree. It does appear there are mental health concerns and overtones related to this,” he added.
Arrest records reviewed by the Daily Mail indicate that Cunningham had an extensive criminal history that included arrests for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstructing officers, failing to obey police instructions, driving an insured vehicle, fleeing the scene of a car accident, etc.
Critics attribute the fact that he wasn’t in jail to the policies of D.C. Attorney General Brian Schwalb, a leftist who believes arresting criminals won’t solve the city’s crime epidemic:
During a panel, DC residents voiced their frustrations and demanded accountability from city leaders in addressing the violent crime epidemic that’s plaguing our nation’s capital.
DC Attorney General Brian Schwalb’s response: “We cannot prosecute and arrest our way out of it.” pic.twitter.com/hEUT8GG7Al
— Carrie Severino (@JCNSeverino) January 31, 2024
Some have also blamed D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser:
There is NOTHING stopping @MayorBowser from calling in the National Guard like Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon did in 1993 except her callous disregard for the citizens…another carjacking murder today…father of 3 children…broad daylight..downtown DC – DO NOT COME TO THIS DANGEROUS…
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) February 4, 2024
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