A 52-year-old woman was fatally shot in her home in Southeast Washington early Sunday after at least four non-fatal shootings were reported in the District over six hours.

Just before 4 a.m., officers were called to the 4000 block of 13th Street SE for a reported shooting. They found Patricia Johnson in her home with gunshot wounds. Johnson died at the scene, police said.

Investigators charged Desmond Thurston, 46, of Southeast Washington with first-degree murder while armed. They called the incident “domestic in nature.”

Relatives of Johnson and Thurston could not immediately be reached for comment.

The county has logged more than 212 murders this year, a pace not seen in the nation’s capital since the late 1990s.

Understanding of the rising murder rate in the district

In the hours before the murder on Sunday morning, several people were injured in shootings, police said.

At 12:58 a.m. Sunday, police said they were called to the 100 block of Wayne Place SE for a reported shooting. A man was found with a graze wound and taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The shooting took place outside.

At 12:30 a.m. Sunday, police went to the 2500 block of Georgia Avenue NW where they found a teenage girl shot outside, police said. She was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

About half an hour earlier, a man was found in the 1400 block of M Street NW at Thomas Circle. According to police, he suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Police had sent out an alert on social media about four men wearing hoodies, one of whom was on a bike and wearing braces.

On Saturday around 9:30 p.m., police were called to a shooting in the 4000 block of Georgia Avenue NW. A male teenager was treated at a hospital for serious injuries, police said.

Source : www.washingtonpost.com

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