- Gill, a married father of three, was shot when the carjacker jumped into his car
- Staggered out of the car and collapsed, his wife ran over as he lay bleeding
- Artell Cunningham shot dead by cops hours later, after many other carjackings
Former Trump Administration official Mike Gill has died after being shot in front of his wife during a carjacking in Washington DC.
Gill, a married father of three, was shot by Artell Cunningham on K Street NW about 5.45pm last Monday and died in hospital on Saturday.
He was collecting his wife, an education lawyer, when he was shot inside the car by the attacker. He stumbled outside the vehicle and collapsed.
Gill’s wife rushed over to him and held his hand as he lay bleeding on the ground with one foot still inside the car, his right hand twitching.
Gill, seen here with his wife and three children in a photo from just two weeks earlier
Cunningham, 28, was hours later gunned down by two New Carrollton Police officers on the northeast outskirts of DC’s Maryland suburbs.
Police cornered him about 4.30am on Tuesday, after his crime spree that also killed Alberto Vasquez Jr, 35, in a separate DC carjacking 90 minutes after Gill was shot.
Gill was the first victim of Cunningham’s campaign of terror, and just minutes later at 7.05pm he tried to carjack another motorist on 3rd Street NE, but failed.
Then at 7.17pm he shot Vasquez at 3rd Street and N Street and stole his car, which was later found in Takoma Park.
Cunningham allegedly committed more carjacking around DC and its suburbs, including bashing a taxi driver in the head with his gun and stealing his car in University Park in Prince George’s County, Maryland, at 11.23pm.
Then about 2.30am he shot the windscreen of a Maryland State Police trooper’s car, and about 3am sprayed the door of a DC Police officer’s car bullets as he drove past.
CCTV images show Artell Cunningham, 28, who was hours later gunned down by two New Carrollton Police officers on the northeast outskirts of DC’s Maryland suburbs
Alberto Vasquez Jr, 35, (pictured with his family) was killed in a separate DC carjacking by the same shooter 90 minutes after Gill was shot
Gill was collecting his wife, an education lawyer, when he was shot inside the car by the attacker. He stumbled outside the vehicle and collapsed
New Carrollton Police tracked the stolen car to near a laundromat on Annapolis Road, where it was found disabled by the side of the road.
As they surveyed the scene, the Cunningham walked up to them, producing two handguns, after which he was shot and later died in hospital.
Jeffery Carroll, the assistant chief of DC police, said Cunningham had a criminal history and appeared to be going through a mental health crisis at the time.
Gill’s wife Kristina thanked family, friend, and the community for their support her husband’s sudden death as she confirmed his death.
‘His sudden departure has left a void in our lives that can never be filled,’ she said in a statement.
‘Mike was not only a devoted husband and father but also 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.
‘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.’
The suspect made a third unsuccessful attempt to carjack a vehicle on Third Street NE, before taking the car of a person he shot, in this case fatally
Cops are seen in Carrollton County, Maryland, on Tuesday morning, where the unnamed carjacking suspect was shot dead
Gill’s work in government dates back to at least 2016, when the city of Washington appointed him to represent the GOP on their Board of Elections.
He also served as the chief of staff to CFTC chairman Christopher Giancarlo and was chief regulatory reform officer for the commission.
He served as a lawyer at a private firm and the vice president of a trade association prior to his government worked.
He was a deputy director of the 1992 Bush-Quayle re-election campaign and also worked for Republican members of the Senate and House, holding a top-level security clearance.
J Christopher Giancarlo, who was chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission when Gill worked there, also paid tribute.
‘Mike Gill was one of the most wonderful, honest, earnest, and open-hearted persons on this earth,’ he said.
‘His life reflects everything that is good and right and true. Words cannot express the tragedy of the loss of this fine man, colleague, and cherished friend. He will be sorely missed and long remembered.’
After Trump lost the 2020 election, Gill was senior vice president for capital markets at the Housing Policy Council.
Washington DC Attorney General Brian Schwalb recently told residents concerned by the skyrocketing crime rate that his department could not ‘prosecute and arrest our way out’ of the problem
Drew Maloney, Gill’s friend of 15 years and president of the American Investment Council, said he was like an extended member of their family.
‘Our daughters’ friendship blossomed into a beautiful bond, and it was a testament to Mike’s warmth and kindness that he welcomed us into his life with open arms,’ he said.
‘Through countless holidays, celebrations, and shared moments, our families became intertwined, and I am so grateful for our enduring friendship.’
Jacob Walker, Vasquez’s father, said his son just tuned 35 and now ‘his daughters will never get that chance to talk to him again. No weddings, no nothing’.
He said he ‘never had expectations that I would be … having to bury my child over something as senseless as a carjacking’.
‘What do we do? Where do we go, you know? He didn’t have to die. He didn’t have to die. He didn’t deserve to die. Not like this,’ he said.
He was specifically talking about violent crime – including enormous numbers of carjackings – that was plaguing the nation’s capital.