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One day later, Fenty set to address shootings

His office has just sent word that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will hold a news conference at 9:15 tonight at the scene of last night's mass shootings to provide an update with Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

The announcement comes after Council Chairman Vincent Gray (D), the just-declared mayoral candidate, criticized Fenty for not being on hand Tuesday night.

In an interview with NewsChannel 8's Bruce DePuyt, Gray called the shootings "a horrific tragedy" and "dispiriting" in that it comes at a time when overall crime is down. He also told DePuyt that Fenty should have been there to reassure the public.

"The number one citizen, the mayor, has to be on the scene, to call attention to this, to decry the fact that it has happened, and -- with the chief -- talk about what steps will be taken," Gray said.

A Jamaican newspaper reported that Fenty was in the country over the weekend with his wife. But Fenty's aides would not confirm that he was traveling or say when he returned.

By Ann Marimow  |  March 31, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , Crime and Public Safety , Mayor Fenty , Vincent C. Gray  
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Just like MARION BARRY out of town, for a blizzard, Fenty will show up more than 24 hours later to give us his opinions on the shootings.

Are Fenty & Barry related in any way??

Posted by: Robbnitafl | March 31, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Fenty's on Channel 4 right now, looking darker than I've ever seen him. The sun in DC hasn't been that bright the last few days to get a tan like that - I hope Jamaica was worth his job.

Posted by: CapHill32 | April 1, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

While I'm no fan of Fenty, it is clear that his critics are not being fair with repect to him being out of town during the recent shootings in SE Washington. This must be the start of the silly season.

Posted by: YadaYada1 | April 1, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

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