A sniper-type setup was used by the suspect in the Washington D.C. shooting
Authorities say the suspect in a shooting in Washington, D.C., used a “sniper-type setup” and fired over 20 bullets.
Chief Robert Contee of the Metropolitan Police Department said the guy may have killed himself as officers were entering his flat.
It was unclear if the suspect was Raymond Spencer, 23, a person of suspicion. Contee said detectives had found Spencer, but he would not name the suspect until his family had been told.
Contee said the suspect fired from an unit on Connecticut Avenue Friday afternoon.
The residence included many rounds of ammo and six weaponry, including long guns and pistols, he added.
To murder or injure people of our community was clearly his objective.
He said that a motivation was unknown.
Initially, police stated three people were killed in the shooting along Embassy Row, but later revealed a fourth person was found.
Asst. Chief Stuart Emerman said three casualties were stabilised.
A woman in her 60s with an upper back graze was treated and discharged at the scene, he added.
Contee classified him as a retired cop.
People along Van Ness Street and Connecticut Avenue in the Van Ness neighbourhood were urged to shelter in place.
After authorities invaded the neighbourhood, hundreds of individuals were led out, including students from Edmund Burke School and Howard University School of Law.
Emerman claimed the Edmund Burke prep school was closed down and parents were ordered to wait.
No relationship to the Edmund Burke school was established, according to Contee.
Mayor Muriel Bowser said late Friday that the youngsters’ families were being reunited.
Bowser recounted staring scared parents in the eyes.
“We have experienced this too much in our country,” she said. “The epidemic of gun violence, the easy access to weapons, has got to stop. People should not be scared taking their children to school.”
Metro police said they were searching the area for suspects. Both the FBI and the ATF sent agents to the location.