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

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3 wounded in Washington, D.C., shooting

3 wounded in shooting in Washington, D.C. 02: 19

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

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 were 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. pic.twitter.com/3mR2uoqFTM

— 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 shooting or recorded it and posted it online.

4.22. 22 DC officials provide the third update on a shooting in the 2900 block of Van Ness Street, NW https://t.co/ngVtxjOjRz

— 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, he was told that he is no longer 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. pic.twitter.com/ziR0Vutw0p

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

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Contee confirmed that there is no threat 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 Friday that the three other victims were taken to local hospitals and 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 https://t.co/htb5FldGK4

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

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

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

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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 pic.twitter.com/xh0Zbf14ho

— 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

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Tori B. Powell is a breaking news reporter at CBS News. Reach her at tori.powell@viacomcbs.com

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