Four peopleincluding a girl, were injured this Friday in a shooting that caused chaos during ssix hours north of the US capital and that ended with the discovery of a suspect killed in an apparent suicide.
A man and a woman were seriously injured and A 12-year-old girl suffered a minor injury.while another woman in her 60s was slightly injured by a bullet that grazed her back, but he didn’t need to go to a hospital.
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The event caused chaos for hours in the shooting area, a wealthy area between the Van Ness and Cleveland Park neighborhoods, where there are several schools and where the University of the District of Columbia.
Just after 9:30 p.m. (01:30 GMT on Saturday), six hours after the first news about the incident emerged, the Police finally confirmed that they had located the suspect after a frantic search.
“The suspect has been located. died inside a residence in the Connecticut Avenue area and Van Ness Street,” said the District of Columbia Police, where Washington is located, in a tweet.
Shortly before, the authorities had published the photographs of a 23-year-old man who was being sought for questioning in the shooting and whom they identified as Raymond Spencer, from Fairfax (Virginia), one of the suburbs of the capital.
The suspect was found dead in the bathroom of an apartment in the residential building. AVA in Van Ness, sources close to the investigation told NBC.
According to The Washington Post, authorities are examining online posts that could be from Spencerin particular on the 4chan platform, where a user with that name began writing at 3:24 p.m. (7:24 p.m. GMT), more or less when the police reported the shooting.
“Dear God, please forgive me,” wrote that user in his first message, followed a few minutes later by another that said: “Waiting for the Police to find me” and one more in which he mocked that the agents were looking for him “on the wrong side of the building.”
Additionally, a user named Raymond Spencer updated the Wikipedia webpage for nearby Edmund Burke High School at 4:33 p.m. (20:33 GMT), writing: “A gunman fired on the school on April 22, 2022. The suspect is still on the run.”
The shooting caused the said school kept children until after sunset in closed classes and accompanied by agents, while the Police insisted that there was still an “active threat” in the area.
Police teams armed even with semi-automatic rifles they combed the area, checking every corner of buildings and streetsthey flew over the area with helicopters and cut off traffic on one of the city’s great arteries, Connecticut Avenue.
“Normally, this is a quiet place. I’m still trying to process what’s happenedEduardo Bugay, a resident of the area who claimed to have heard four gunshots and seen people running down the street, told the Post.