WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Relatives and friends gathered outside the Hutchins family's Southeast home Wednesday. The matriarch of the family was in the hospital after hearing her 51-year-old son, Larry Hutchins, was shot and killed at work.
She's already lost a son, daughter, and grandson to a fire and now this.
"This family has been through so much," said family friend Robin Coleman, "I can't believe this."
"Larry was a good man - a good man. He didn't deserve to die like that," said long time friend Leroy White.
Meanwhile, a helicopter hovered overhead and a K-9 scoured below as police searched for the shooter. Witnesses said the man fired up to 12 rounds at Hutchins and another man who were both beginning their shift at the DPW lot on W Street, NE. The second man is recovering.
"The person responsible for the shooting was wearing a uniform, we have not confirmed what type of uniform," said DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Mayor Adrian Fenty added, "Definitely one of the saddest days I can remember being mayor of the city."
Antonio Morgan started the job with Hutchins back in 1987. "It could've been me," he said. "I was about to step out of the car when I heard the shots."
Employees said there has been a surge of violence in the past 3 months. They said they've complained about the lack of security, but nothing was done. "I don't want to come to work and fear for my life," said shop steward Anise Rash.
Angela Pringle said, "We deal with people from different parts of life. There's no way we can merge these people productively."
Union president James Ivey said, "These folks have families, loved ones and there should be an expectation when they leave home in the morning that they're going to be safe to come back in the evening and see their family."
Christina Hutchins, the victim's niece, has a message for the shooter saying, "You know who you are, they know who you are, do us a favor to ease our minds and our pain just a little bit and turn yourself in."
The union is demanding increased security at all DPW lots in the city. Police will be present at the W Street lot when the 300 workers return Thursday.
Trash collection and recycling was suspended for the day.
Written by Delia Gonçalves
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