Suspect in D.C. shooting had 1,000 rounds, 3 fully automatic rifles, police say

A suspected gunman who injured 4 folks when he “indiscriminately” opened fireplace from a fifth-floor condominium in Washington, D.C., final week had three fully automatic rifles and shot greater than 200 rounds of ammunition, authorities mentioned Monday.

The suspect, Raymond Spencer, 23, is alleged to have had 800 extra unspent rounds and three extra firearms, together with two handguns, at his condominium in town’s Van Ness neighborhood, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee mentioned at a public security briefing.

Spencer is alleged to have arrange a hallway digicam to watch folks approaching the unit, Contee mentioned, including that an equipment was wedged in opposition to the house’s entrance door to gradual anybody making an attempt to enter. 

Police had to ram the condominium’s entrance door to open it, Contee mentioned.

At a second condominium in Northern Virginia, police found elements for 3 extra rifles that additionally belonged to Spencer, Contee mentioned.

Police evacuate folks close to the scene of a shooting, in Northwest Washington, DC., on April 22, 2022.Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Authorities consider Spencer, who had been recognized as an individual of curiosity in the case, died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound as officers have been getting into his condominium Friday, Contee mentioned.

Authorities beforehand mentioned Spencer used a tripod and a “sniper-type set up” to open fireplace.

“I’m thankful we didn’t lose more lives that day,” Contee advised reporters.

A 12-year-old woman was shot in the arm, and a girl in her mid-30s and a 54-year-old man have been additionally hit, police mentioned. A lady in her mid-60s with a graze wound to her higher again was handled on the scene and launched.

Contee mentioned investigators have been making an attempt to find out a motive. It wasn’t clear whether or not the shooting was linked to a close-by prep faculty, Edmund Burke, that was positioned on lockdown through the shooting.

Security video captured Spencer rolling a suitcase into the Washington condominium the evening earlier than the shooting, Contee mentioned. A couple of hours earlier than he’s alleged to have opened fireplace, Spencer went to a grocery retailer and acquired two meals, he added.

Contee mentioned Spencer was a former lifeguard who attended highschool in suburban Maryland. He was in the Coast Guard for just a few months in 2017, Contee mentioned.

It wasn’t instantly clear why Spencer was discharged. The Coast Guard didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Contee additionally mentioned it additionally wasn’t clear how he was capable of hire two residences or purchase weapons and ammunition.

“There are a variety of issues we have to know that we do not know,” he mentioned.

Two victims who suffered gunshot wounds remained in crucial situation Monday, NBC Washington reported.

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