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