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Man found dead in Maryland suspected in fatal D.C. shooting, police say

(Peter Hermann/The Washington Post)

A man suspected of killing a woman Wednesday morning in Southeast Washington was found dead hours later at a rest stop along I-95 in Maryland, law enforcement officials said.

Ron Snyder, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police, said the man was found in a vehicle about 11:30 a.m. at the stop along the northbound lanes of the highway in Laurel. D.C. police said the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A spokesman for D.C. police said the dead man — identified as 65-year-old Steven Dreher of Southeast Washington — was previously involved in a relationship with a woman who was shot about 8:15 a.m. in a parking lot near a high school in Congress Heights. Police identified her as Leslie Simpson, 52, of Southeast Washington.

The shooting in the District occurred in the 200 block of Savannah Street SE, near Ballou STAY High School’s football field. Police said she died a short time later at a hospital.

Cmdr. John Branch, who heads the 7th District station, said investigators believe that the woman was targeted and that “it appears to be some type of personal matter.”