Police: Man wanted for Lancaster County woman’s murder found dead hours later in Walmart parking lot

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LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.– UPDATE (July 20, 3:30 p.m.): The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office released more information on the incident, saying that Dawood Al-Barwari died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound hours after shooting 48-year-old Ghada Saleb to death in West Hempfield Township Thursday night.

West Hempfield Township police, in consultation with the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, intended to charge Al-Barwari, 55, with homicide regarding the death of Saleb.

According to information obtained thus far in the investigation, Al-Barwari and Saleb, 48, were involved in a relationship between 2015 and 2016.

Al-Barwari, of Lancaster city, had engaged in stalking-type behavior for at least the past year, individuals close to Saleb told police.

Police determined Al-Barwari had parked at Saleb’s Lincoln West Drive home for several hours prior to the killing, awaiting her return. When she got home just after 11 p.m., Al-Barwari confronted her and shot her multiple times outside her home.

Multiple individuals provided police with Al-Barwari’s name and reported seeing him in the area before and after the shooting.

Just before 9 a.m., police and other emergency-responders were dispatched to the Wal-Mart on Fruitville Pike in Manheim Township. Al-Barwari was in a red SUV – the same vehicle he was seen in at the murder scene – apparently deceased.

Preliminary investigation showed he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A gun was recovered at the scene.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

UPDATE (July 20, 10:45 a.m.): Police have located Al-Barwari’s vehicle in a Walmart parking lot in the 2000 block of Fruitville Pike.

A body found in the vehicle has been identified as that of Dawood Al-Barwari.

PREVIOUSLY: Police are searching for a man who allegedly shot and killed a woman on Thursday night.

Dawood Al-Barwari, aka Dawood M. Dawood, 55, is considered to be armed and dangerous, as the weapon used in the shooting was not recovered.

Dawood Al-Barwari

On July 19, police were called to the Lincoln West Apartments in West Hempfield Township just before 11:30 p.m.

Upon arrival, police found a 48-year-old woman deceased from gunshot wounds and witnesses told police that a suspect, later determined to be Al-Barwari, entered a red Ford SUV and was last seen heading east on Columbia Avenue.

During the investigation, police determined that the shooting was domestic related, and that Al-Barwari and the woman had not been together since 2016.

Al-Barwari is 6’5″ tall with a medium build, black hair and brown eyes.

He wears glasses and has facial hair, possibly more than the photos we have show.

Al-Barwari drives a 2011 red Ford Edge with a PA registration “KBV8885”.

He is from Iraq and walks with a limp from an injury he received while fighting for the Iraqi military.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Hempfield Township Police Department at 717-285-5191 or 1-800-957-2677.

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