Several people shot dead on busy Washington, DC street, police say

Several people shot dead on busy Washington, DC street, police say

A shooting Friday afternoon left at least four people injured in northwest Washington, D.C. The unidentified suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.

At a news conference Friday night, Police Chief Robert J. Contee said the suspect was in his apartment next door with six guns and several rounds of ammunition. A preliminary investigation suggests the weapons were purchased legally.

“It was definitely a sniper type setup,” Contee said, confirming the suspect was using a tripod and his intent was to kill members of the community.

Authorities have yet to identify a motive in the shooting.

Previously, the DC Police Department named Raymond Spencer, 23, of Fairfax, Va., as a person of interest. Police did not identify him as the suspect, but said he was no longer wanted.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. There is no longer a threat to the public, Contee confirmed.

At approximately 3:20 p.m. local time, police responded to reports of gunfire 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 DC police officer, according to Contee — and a 12-year-old girl were injured in the shooting. The woman in her 60s was treated at the scene. The other three were transported to local hospitals and are in stable condition, Deputy Chief of Police Stuart Emerman said Friday.

The shooting occurred near the University of the District of Columbia and an independent college preparatory school. Both were confined for several hours. Contee said Friday night that almost all of the prep school students were reunited with their families.

It is unclear whether the suspect had any ties to the schools.

Authorities Respond to Shooting in Washington, D.C.

At an afternoon press conference, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser expressed concern for the injured.

“We pray for their health and well-being,” she said.

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

US in uniform Secret Service officers and FBI ground in Washington also responded to the scene.

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

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