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DECEMBER 22, 2009 #09-063

UPDATE: Alexandria Police Identify Suspect in Homicide on East Monroe Avenue

Alexandria Police have identified the suspect in Friday’s homicide as Jose Russo, 50, of Alexandria.  Autopsy results determined he died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to his upper body.

The surviving victim who was injured in the shooting is listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

Update:  Alexandria Police Identify Victim from Double Shooting on East Monroe Avenue

Alexandria Police have identified the victim of Friday’s homicide as Kossi Djossou, 19, of Fairfax County. 

On Friday, December 18, at approximately 7:30 P.M., officers responded for a report of shots fired.  Upon their arrival, they found two victims.  One victim was transported to a local hospital.  The second victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

Detectives and officers responded to the scene and immediately began canvassing the area for the suspect.  The suspect was located several hours later.  When officers approached, he inflicted himself with a fatal gun shot wound.  The suspect's identity is being held pending notification of next of kin.

This is the fifth homicide in Alexandria this year.  There were four homicides in Alexandria last year.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703.838.4444 or the Crime Solvers tip line at 703.838.4858.

Detectives would like to remind witnesses that they can remain anonymous.