Multiple people shot on busy street in Washington, D.C., police say

4 people wounded in D.C. shooting

4 people wounded in D.C. shooting, suspect found dead 02: 40

A shooting on Friday afternoon left at least four people wounded in Northwest Washington, D.C. Officials say the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

During a Friday night press conference, police chief Robert J. Contee said the suspect was located in his apartment, along with over six firearms and multiple rounds of ammunition. The weapons appear to have been legally purchased, according to preliminary investigations. Police tweeted a photo of the recovered weapons.

*PHOTOSMultiple firearms and a large quantity of ammo were recovered inside the fifth floor apartment where the suspect was found deceased.

— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) April 23, 2022

“This was very much a sniper-type setup,” Contee said, confirming that the suspect used a tripod and their intent was to kill and hurt members of the community. Contee stated that the suspect may have livestreamed the incident or posted it online.

4.22. 22 DC officials provide the third update on a shooting in the 2900 block of Van Ness Street, NW

— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) April 23, 2022

Officials have not yet identified a motive in the shooting.

Earlier, police named Raymond Spencer, 23, of Fairfax, Virginia, as a person of interest. Although he was not identified by police as the suspect in this shooting, he said that a new person of interest is being sought.

MPD is seeking the below person of interest in connection to the shooting in the 2900 block of Van Ness Street, NW. This individual is 23 year-old Raymond Spencer of Fairfax, Virginia.

— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) April 22, 2022

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Contee stated that there is not a danger to the public.

At around 3: 20 p.m. local time, police responded to reports of gunshots near Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street NW. A woman in her 30s, a woman in her 60s, a 54-year-old man — who is a retired D.C. police officer, according to Contee — and a 12-year-old girl were wounded in the shooting. The woman in her 60s was treated at the scene. Assistant police chief Stuart Emerman stated earlier that the three other victims were taken to nearby hospitals. They are now in stable condition.

4.22. 22 DC officials provide an additional update on a shooting in the 2900 block of Van Ness Street, NW

— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) April 22, 2022

The shooting occurred near the University of the District of Columbia and an independent college preparatory school. They were both kept in lockdown for many hours. Contee stated Friday evening that almost all the students from prep schools were reunited with families.

It is not clear whether the suspect had any ties to the schools.

Authorities respond to shooting in Washington, D.C.

During an afternoon press conference, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser expressed concern for those wounded.

“We are praying for their health and wellbeing,” she said.

Videos and photos shared to Twitter showed officials entering a residential building in the area, as well as evacuating local residents.

#BREAKING@DCPoliceDept confirm 3 people shot.

You can see there are officers with long guns, focusing on Van Ness NW.

What appears to be a mobile shield as well. @wusa9

— Evan Koslof (@ekoslof) April 22, 2022

Uniformed U.S. Secret Service officers and the FBI Washington Field also responded to the scene.

Police have asked anyone with information about the incident to call the D.C. Police Department.

Tori B. Powell


Tori B. Powell is a breaking news reporter at CBS News. Reach her at

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