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Former Trump administration official Mike Gill dies after being shot in DC carjacking spree

Mike Gill was sitting in his car when a suspect shot him last week.

Published: February 4, 2024 9:26am

Updated: February 4, 2024 10:07am

Former Trump administration official Mike Gill passed away days after he was shot during a carjacking spree in Washington, D.C., his wife said. 

Gill, a married father of three who served as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission chief of staff and chief operating officer under former President Donald Trump, passed away after he was shot Monday in downtown D.C., his wife, Kristina Gill, told Fox 5 DC on Saturday. 

"His sudden departure has left a void in our lives that can never be filled," she said. 

Mike Gill was sitting in his car Monday when suspect Artell Cunningham, 28, entered his vehicle and shot him shortly before 6 p.m., police said. Officials said Cunningham attempted to steal another vehicle later in the evening and approached other people and demanded their keys. 

During the carjacking spree, Cunningham allegedly shot and killed Alberto Vasquez, Jr., a 35-year-old father of two young daughters, about a mile and a half away from where Gill was shot.

Police later shot and killed Cunningham.

At the time of his death, Gill was serving as senior vice president for Capital Markets at the nonprofit Housing Policy Council.

The incident comes after the Justice Department earlier this month announced it would send more resources to combat violent crime in Washington, D.C. 

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