A suspect wanted for questioning related to Friday’s shooting in Washington D.C. has reportedly committed suicide.
Raymond Spencer, 23, was accused of shooting four people in Northwest D.C., injuring two men, a woman in her mid-60s, and a child.
The man accused of shooting 4 people in Northwest DC has died by suicide, authorities say https://t.co/Ji8iABt9MC
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 23, 2022
UPDATE: The suspect in Washington D.C., shooting who opened fire "sniper-style," injuring four, has died by suicide, authorities say.https://t.co/oJZFk9NMpY
— ABC News (@ABC) April 23, 2022
Shooting in Washington DC put Edmund Burke School (6-12) and Howard Law on lockdown.
🚨12-year-old girl and 3 adults wounded
🚨6 guns, ammo, and "sniper setup" found in high-rise apartment
🚨Video from rifle scope was live streamed on 4Chan
🚨Shooter commit suicide and left note pic.twitter.com/clFoqaER2S
— K-12 School Shooting Database (@K12ssdb) April 23, 2022
Metropolitan Police Department Police Chief Robert Contee said the suspect set up a tripod inside a fifth-floor apartment and appeared to be targeting people at random.
A suspect who shot and wounded four people in Washington, DC, died by suicide in his apartment, and was found with an arsenal, a sniper tripod, and large amounts of ammo. The alleged gunman wrote, “Dear God please forgive me,” on 4chan before the shooting. https://t.co/LW6chJfYXA
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 23, 2022
Some DC nut set up a tripod on his 5th floor apt balcony last night and began shooting at people on the street. He hit 4, including a 12 yr-old. As police were closing in on him he committed suicide.
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) April 23, 2022
Per ABC News:
Six guns were found in the suspect’s apartment, including both long guns and handguns, as well as “multiple, multiple rounds” of ammunition.
Contee said “over 100 rounds” were fired from a long gun in the incident.
“There are probably going to be a lot of bullet holes we’re going to find,” he said.
Police identified 23-year-old Raymond Spencer, of Fairfax, Virginia, as a person of interest “based upon the things we have seen on social media,” Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Chief Stuart Emerman told reporters during an update Friday night.
While Contee would not officially confirm that Spencer was the person found dead in the apartment, he said they were no longer looking for anyone in connection to the shooting.
Contee confirmed that a social media video of the shooting appeared to be credible, but was unsure if it was streamed live or recorded and later posted.
“Today, evil reared its ugly head in our community,” Contee said.
“It speaks to the depravity of some of the individuals we have to face in our community. … There could’ve been more damage done, more lives lost,” Contee later added.
NBC News commented:
“Obviously his intent was to kill and hurt members of our community,” Contee told reporters.
He added that a possible motive remained unclear.
Police earlier Friday counted at least three victims in the shooting near the city’s Embassy Row area, but later said a fourth reported to officers at the scene.
Three of the victims — a 12-year-old girl who was shot in the arm, a woman in her mid-30s and a 54-year-old man — were stabilized, Assistant Chief Stuart Emerman said.
A woman in her mid-60s with a graze wound to her upper back was treated at the scene and released, he said.
Was this a crazed individual who lost their mind to commit this act of senseless violence?
Or, is this a manufactured event attempting to push a more radical gun control agenda?