Two Die in Murder-Suicide in Gaithersburg: Police

Police believe the couple was married, but may have been separated

A woman shot a man and then turned the gun on herself in Gaithersburg late Sunday, authorities said.

They have been identified as David Lee Reid Jr., 38, and Michelle Rena Reid, 39. The couple was married in 2007 but separated about a year ago, according to relatives. Authorities listed them as having separate addresses.

Around 11:30 p.m., police officers were on routine patrol in the area when they heard the sound of gunfire coming from the parking garage of the Hidden Creek apartment complex on Raven Avenue.

Inside, they found David Reid with a gunshot wound. As rescue crews were trying to help him, police spotted Michelle Reid hiding between two cars.

As the officers made contact with her, she shot herself, police said.

"When they first saw her, she appeared to be trying to... hide between cars, and when she saw the officers, she turned the gun on herself," said Capt. Paul Starks of Montgomery County Police.

The Reids were pronounced dead at an area hospital. Police said the shooting was domestic in nature.

A resident of the apartment complex said he heard two distinct bursts of gunfire.

"I heard five shots," said Keff Hassan. "Then I heard a lady was saying, 'Oh my God, oh my God.' And then I was going to my apartment and then I heard another two."

Michelle Reid was a Howard University trained lawyer who worked for Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore investigating discrimination and harassment complaints.

David Reid was an electrical engineer employed by a local defense contractor.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the Reids' deaths and are asking anyone with information to the incident or about the two victims to call 240-773-5070. Callers may remain anonymous.

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