Man Believed to Be Shooter Who Injured 5 Near D.C. School Found Dead: Cops

The man suspected in the sniper shooting of four adults and a child in Washington, D.C.'s Van Ness neighborhood near the Edmund Burke School on Friday was found dead in a nearby apartment building, police said.

D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Robert Contee III said they believe the suspect killed himself as officers were entering his fifth-floor apartment in the Van Ness area.

There were a total of five people injured in the shooting. All of the victims were expected to recover, according to MPD.

"There are 4 total victims in this shooting incident. 2 adult females, 1 adult male, and a juvenile (12 year-old) female," MPD tweeted. "The additional adult female victim is in her 60s and suffered a graze wound to the back."

One of the victims was found outside the school, which was put on lockdown. All students have been reunited with their parents, police said.

"The suspect that we believe responsible is now deceased," Contee said at a news conference. "We believe that the suspect took his own life as MPD members were entering, or breaching the apartment where the suspect was located."

MPD says several guns were found inside the apartment. Based on preliminary information, Contee said it appears they were obtained legally. "I can tell you that inside the suspect's apartment, we've recovered over six firearms. Two include several long guns. Multiple, multiple rounds of ammunition and handguns as well."

In the apartment, it appeared the suspect had a sniper set up in his window pointing toward the school, Contee said. He could not confirm the man's identity, saying authorities were waiting to inform his next of kin.

Earlier Friday, MPD identified Raymond Spencer, 23, of Fairfax, Virginia, as a person of interest in the shooting.

Contee could not confirm if the person of interest and suspect were the same man. He did add that MPD is no longer actively searching for Spencer.

An account under the name Raymond Spencer previously posted a graphic video of the shooting on the message board website 4chan.

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The man suspected in the sniper shooting of four adults and a child in Washington, D.C., near a school on Friday was found dead, police said. Above, Metropolitan Police escort people away from the shooting scene. Getty Images

The name of the thread is titled "S[c]hool shooting!" From the angle of the video, the camera seems to be located on the gun. The person recording aims the gun toward students in a hallway and people outside. As you hear the shots, you can see people running away in fear. The video is timestamped April 22, 2022, and begins at 3:17 p.m.

After uploading the video, the user posted, "Dear God please forgive me."

A few moments later, the user wrote, "They're in the wrong part of the building right now searching."

The last post in the thread reads, "Waiting for police to catch up with me."

Contee said the video on social media "appears" to be the live view of the incident on Friday.

Newsweek reached out to MPD for comment.