THE DISTRICT

Shooting: A 23-year-old woman was critically wounded in a shooting late Monday in Southeast Washington, police said.

The woman, whose identity was withheld by police because she is considered a witness, was on life support yesterday, authorities said. She was sitting in the passenger seat of a gray Buick in the 400 block of Burbank Street SE about 10:30 p.m. when she was shot in the head, police said.

Homicide ruling: The death of a 78-year-old woman in Southeast Washington over the weekend has been ruled a homicide by strangulation, D.C. police announced yesterday.

A relative found Martha Byrd dead in her home about 11 a.m. in the 500 block of Hilltop Terrace SE, police said. Police did not release a cause of death at the time, saying Byrd appeared to suffer wounds to her body. Police said yesterday that the D.C. medical examiner has determined that Byrd was strangled.

Police said they did not have any suspects or motives in the killing.

VIRGINIA

Embezzlement charge: A Fairfax County government employee was charged yesterday with embezzlement of government property for allegedly stealing computers and monitors from a county storage facility.

Police said Donald E. Travers, 44, of Centreville was arrested after a two-week investigation found that Travers had taken five computer processing units and three monitors. Travers worked in the Facilities Management Division for 19 years, police said.

Violent party: Officials in Caroline County said a fight at a party that left 11 people shot and one stabbed -- including a 15-year-old boy -- was the most violent incident in memory in the rural community about 80 miles south of Washington.

Sheriff Anthony A. Lippa Jr. said yesterday that authorities have several suspects but no arrests in the incident, which happened about 2 a.m. Monday as a family reunion was ending at a community center in the Dawn section of Caroline.

Lippa said he didn't know what prompted the fighting, but several Dawn residents said the dispute began elsewhere. Of the 12 injuries, none was considered life-threatening.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.