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Raymond Spencer of Fairfax, Virginia, the person of interest identified in a shooting that injured four people and sent dozens of officers into the Van Ness neighborhood in response, has taken his own life, police said.
Spencer was initially identified from a video he posted on social media that appeared to show shots from the point of view of an upstairs window.
The post that misspelled “school shooting” seemed “authentic,” Metropolitan Washington Police Chief Robert Contee said, adding that they weren’t sure if the footage was livestreamed or posted after the incident. .
Police had issued a bulletin with photos of Spencer hours earlier, seeking him as the “person of interest” in the investigation.
Schools and properties in the Edmund Burke School neighborhood were placed under security lockdown as the shooting and manhunt near the private college preparatory academy left students scared and texting parents anxious.
Police were able to triangulate the suspect’s location to the fifth floor of a “private apartment building” with the help of eyewitnesses.
Ultimately, “they broke into the location where the suspect took his own life,” Contee said, adding that authorities seized more than a half-dozen firearms, including several rifles, and ammunition from the apartment.
“His intent was to kill and injure members of our community,” but investigators had yet to determine a motive, the chief said, adding that the suspect had staged a “sniper-type setup” with a tripod and was acting alone.
All four shooting victims were shot at random and are in stable condition, police said. They are expected to recover from injuries.
The injured include a 54-year-old man, a woman in her 30s, a 12-year-old girl and a woman in her 60s who was grazed in the upper back by a bullet.
Deaven Rector, 22, a law student, told Reuters he heard three shots that appeared to come from the AVA Van Ness apartment building where he lives. “Right now the police have secured the area and it’s safe, but the fact that this kind of chaos could be caused by a maniac on a normal Friday… The kids were about to get out of school,” he said. the.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser praised the law enforcement response and condemned the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.
“Unfortunately, I had to look into the eyes of the parents who were terrified,” she said Friday at the news conference.
“They were terrified thinking about what could happen to their children. We have experienced this too much in our country, the epidemic of gun violence. Easy access to guns has to end. People shouldn’t be afraid to take their kids to school.”