Police are reporting that Patricia Johnson, 52, was shot and killed inside her home on Oct. 1. (Photo courtesy of Facebook / Patricia Johnson)

By Chrisleen Herard,
Special to the AFRO

Family and friends are mourning the brutal death of Patricia Johnson, who police say was fatally shot inside her home during the early morning of Oct. 1. 

Officers from the Seventh District Metropolitan Police Department responded to a call regarding a shooting in the 4000 block of 13th Street, Southeast, D.C. at around 3:49 a.m. When authorities arrived at the residence, they discovered Johnson, 52, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Johnson eventually succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Desmond Thurston, 46, of D.C., was arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed. According to homicide detectives, their investigation determined the incident was “domestic in nature.” 

There have been 212 homicides reported in D.C., a 37 percent increase since last year.