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DC Gunman Found Dead In Sniper’s Nest After Shooting Random People In Street Below

Washington, DC – Police discovered a “sniper-type setup” on Friday evening in the apartment where a gunman opened fire from a window onto a busy DC street hours earlier.

The DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) identified the shooter as 23-year-old Raymond Spencer of nearby Fairfax, Virginia on Friday night and said the gunman took his own life inside the bathroom of the fifth floor apartment in the 2900-block of Van Ness Street, NW, before officers arrived, WTTG reported.

“This was a sniper-type setup,” MPD Chief Robert Contee told reporters at a press briefing on April 22, WTOP reported.

“Obviously, his intent was to kill and hurt members of our community,” Chief Contee said.

The police chief said Spencer fired “definitely in excess of 20 rounds” shooting randomly from north to south at about 3:30 p.m. on April 22, WTOP reported.

Witnesses reported hearing in excess of 100 gunshots, WTTG reported.

Chief Contee said the gunman was “shooting randomly at anyone who was out there.”

Four people were wounded by gunfire, including a 12-year-old girl who was shot in the arm, WTOP reported.

A 54-year-old retired police officer was also shot.

He and a 30-year-old woman who was shot were in critical but stable condition in the hospital, WTOP reported.

Another woman identified as Patricia Termini sustained a graze wound to her left shoulder.

Termini said she was sitting in her car waiting to pick up student at the private Edmund Burke School located in the same block when gunfire erupted, WRC reported.

She said she ducked for cover but a bullet tore through her shirt.

Termini said the windows of her vehicle and a number of other parents in the carpool line were shot, WRC reported.

All of the victims were expected to survive, according to WTTG.

Schools in the area went into lockdown after the shooting with officers standing watch to keep students safe, WTOP reported.

Hours later they were released to terrified parents under the watch of armed DC Library police officers at the Cleveland Park Library.

In the meantime, police went door-to-door through several apartment buildings located in the 2900-block of Van Ness Street, NW, searching for the gunman and evacuating the residents under armed guard, WTOP reported.

Chief Contee said officers were searching for a man “linked to social media postings” and referred to a video posted shortly after the shootings that claimed to have been filmed by the gunman.

The police chief said that widely-circulated video has not been authenticated but was under investigation, WTOP reported.

He said officers found long guns, handguns, multiple rounds of ammunition, and a tripod in the apartment.

Crime scene photos showed the tripod was set up at the window.

Chief Contee compared the incident to the snipers who terrified the DC region for weeks almost 20 years ago, WTOP reported.

“We all recall back in that time when we had… the D.C. sniper situation unfolding. Unfortunately, that situation unfolded over the course of several days. This incident was over and resolved in a matter of a few hours,” he said.

MPD is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to investigate the incident, WTOP reported.

Preliminary findings showed the weapons may have be purchased legally.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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