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UPDATED: 52-year-old woman dies after Dale City domestic shooting deemed a murder-suicide

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Prince William County police officers respond to an early morning shooting at a Dale City home that left one man dead and a woman critically injured.

A 52-year-old woman has died in what police say was a murder-suicide that arose from a domestic dispute at a Dale City home in September and occurred while an 8-year-old child was in the residence.

On Thursday, Oct. 28, police were notified that Mercedes Alcira Moore, 52, had died of injuries she sustained in an early morning shooting Sept. 10 in her Dale City home, located in the  14700 block of Darbydale Avenue, according to Master Police Officer Renee Carr, a Prince William County Police Department spokeswoman.

Moore was shot by her husband, Darin Carlyle Moore, 55, before he shot himself. Officers arrived at the Moores' home at about 2:23 a.m. on Sept. 10 to find both Darin and Mercedes Moore suffering from gunshot wounds. Darin Moore was pronounced dead at the scene, Carr said in a press release.

Officers also removed an 8-year-old boy from the home. He was not injured and was placed with relatives, police said at the time of the shooting.

This incident will be classified as a homicide and cleared exceptional with the death of the offender, Carr said in a news release.             

Original report: An early morning shooting at a home in Dale City has left one man dead and a woman critically injured. An 8-year-old boy who was also in the residence at the time of the incident was found uninjured, according to police.

Officers responded to a home in the 14700 block of Darbydale Avenue in Dale City at 2:23 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, and safely removed the child from the house. Upon checking the residence, officers located two adults, a 55-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman, who were both shot within the residence, according to Officer Renee Carr, a police spokeswoman.

The man, identified as Darin Carlyle Moore, was pronounced dead at the home. Officers provided first aid to the woman until rescue personnel arrived at the residence and transported her to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, Carr said in a news release.

“At this time, the incident appears to involve the two parties and was isolated to the residence. There is no threat to the community,” the release said.

The 8-year-old boy was released to the custody of a family member,” the release said.

Officers recovered a firearm from the residence. The type of firearm and who owned it have not yet been released. The investigation continues, the release said.

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