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DC woman found dead in apparent murder-suicide, police say

Police found a 52-year-old woman dead in her apartment. An investigation led to the suspect, who was discovered dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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WASHINGTON — Police say a woman was found shot in Southeast D.C. Wednesday and the suspect in the case is also dead. Investigators believe the incident was "domestic in nature."

DC Police were called to the 200 block of Savannah Street Southeast Wednesday morning for a report of a shooting around 8:17 a.m. Responding officers found a woman shot multiple times. The victim, later identified as 52-year-old Leslie Simpson was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries, where she later died.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene of the shooting to investigate. As a result of that investigation, the suspect, identified as 65-year-old Steven Dreher, was found dead in Laurel, Maryland. Investigators said Dreher died as a result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Detectives did not offer further details about what led to the shooting, only calling it a domestic incident. 

Savannah Street Southeast has been the site of several shootings over the past six months, including a double shooting in June.

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According to the latest crime stats from MPD, as of August 10, there have been 129 shootings in D.C. so far in 2022. That's a 9% increase from the same time last year.

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