By Deborah Bailey,
AFRO D.C. Editor

A gunman who shot four persons in Northwest Washington DC Friday has been found dead in an apparent suicide according to DC Police. 

The four victims; one man, two women and a female child are all being treated for their injuries. One of the shooting victims is retired from the DC Police Department. 

Raymond Spencer, 23 of Fairfax County, Virginia was the alleged shooter in the assault-style ambush. He died at the scene of the apartment where shots were fired from an apparent suicide, police confirmed.  Police recovered six weapons in the shooter’s apartment, including hand guns, long guns and multiple rounds of ammunition. The shooter apparently used a tripod according to Robert J. Contee III, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia at a press conference last night. 

The shooting happened near Edmund Burke Elementary School and apparently kept children, where police were called to the scene shortly after 3:00 pm. Children at Burke and several area schools were kept on lockdown for several hours. 

“I am grateful for the residents and school communities who patiently sheltered in place throughout the evening and those who patiently waited to get access to their homes. I am especially grateful for the staff at Edmund Burke who took care of students in the school during this terrifying experience,” Bowser said in a statement. 

Just days ago, Bowser announced a new program aimed at connecting 200 persons at “high risk” for initiating gun violence with a specialized team of active supports like job training, employment and behavioral health treatment in an attempt to quell the gun violence that has surged in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

As of April 22, 52 people in DC have died from gun violence, a slight decrease from the 59 who had died this time last year, according to Metropolitan Police Crime Statistics. 

Metropolitan Police confirmed the investigation is ongoing.

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