WASHINGTON, D.C.. (WRIC) — Police have confirmed four people were shot in a sniper-style shooting in Northwest D.C. Friday afternoon. Victims include two adult females, one adult male and one juvenile (12-year-old) female, according to police.
According to a message sent out by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Twitter account, officers responded to the 4100 block of Connecticut Avenue, NW — the address of The Edmund Burke School — and the 2900 block of Van Ness Street, NW — the address of Howard University School of Law — around 3:30 p.m. Friday for the report of at least two shooting victims, which was later increased to four victims.
The victims were on the street when they were shot and all appeared to have been shot at random.
Victims were hospitalized and in stable condition, according to police, who explained two adults are in critical condition, while the juvenile is in non-life-threatening condition with a minor gunshot wound.
One adult female victim, in her 60s, suffered a graze wound to the back. Another one of the victims has been identified as a retired MPD officer.
The suspect in the shooting was found dead by police inside an apartment residence in the area of Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street, NW. It is believed the suspect took his own life as officers were entering the apartment.
MPD put out photos of a person of interest on Twitter earlier, but they are unable to identify the suspect until the next of kin is notified.
Police said they recovered more than six firearms, including several long guns and multiple hand guns, inside the apartment where the suspect was found. All weapons appear to have been obtained legally, according to an early investigation.
Police believe the suspect acted alone and there were no other shooters.
A look at the scene
Police were at the scene investigating what they called an “active threat,” and urging residents in Cleveland Park and Van Ness to shelter in place.
A man was photographed being taken away by police in handcuffs, but police did not confirm that the man was the suspected shooter. Police said in a video on Twitter that they did stop several witnesses for questioning during the investigation.
The University of the District of Columbia sent out a shelter-in-place emergency alert just after 4 p.m.
The Howard University Department of Public Safety tweeted around 4:30 p.m., saying that the Metropolitan Police Department “initiated a lockdown order for West Campus as officials investigate reports of an active threat in the area.”
The two locations that police identified in the tweets are addresses for The Edmund Burke School, and Howard University School of Law, just minutes from the University of the District of Columbia campus.
Police are asking anyone in the area of the incident who has any information to call (202) 727-9099 or text 50411.
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