A 43-year-old Gaithersburg High School teacher was shot to death along with another woman in a District Heights townhouse Friday afternoon in what police are calling an apparent double murder-suicide.
Around 4:30 p.m. Prince George's County Police Department and fire department units were called to the 1500 block of Addison Road South in District Heights for shots fired from a townhouse.
Police said when officers arrived on the scene, 45-year-old Leroy Johnson of Oxon Hill was on the phone with a 911 operator from Prince George's County Public Safety Communications Center saying he worked at Metro Transit, he was depressed and he was not coming out. Police said Johnson was the shooter and the husband of one of the victims.
Officers said they heard a shot as they approached the townhouse and quickly kicked the door, finding Johnson on the first floor of the two-story townhouse suffering from a gunshot wound to his face. He was taken to a local hospital where doctorspronounced him dead.
Officers then found a second victim, identified as 42-year-old Zonita Monia Roberts of Georgia, suffering from a gunshot wound to her body. She was transported to a local hospital where she was also pronounced dead.
Police found a third victim identified as 43-year-old Lynette Johnson of Oxon Hill, Johnson’s estranged wife and Gaithersburg High School teacher, suffering from a gunshot wound to her upper body. Paramedics pronounced her dead on the scene.
“Ms. Johnson was a very dedicated teacher,” said Gaithersburg High School Principal Dr. Christine Handy-Collins. “Her students all loved her. This is very sad that this had to happen. She will be missed by the students, our staff and the community.”
Johnson was a teacher at Gaithersburg for 14 years teaching cosmetology.
MCPS spokesperson Dana Tofig said the principal has notified staff and the school community about Johnson’s death.
“Although school is not back in session for students at this time, the building is open to students who wish to talk to someone,” Tofig said. “We also have counselors on hand to speak to staff and help them through this difficult time.”
“Detectives believed the deaths to be a double murder-suicide that stemmed from a domestic dispute,” said Prince George's County Police spokesperson Cpl. Harry Bound. “We are also trying determine the relationship between the estranged couple and the other woman.”
“Police told the residents they had 10 seconds to come out and about seven officers kicked in the door and ran in,” said Ronell White, a resident of the townhouse complex.
Bond said the incident is still under investigation.