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Who is Raymond Spencer, interested in shooting DC?

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An hour after a man shot indiscriminately in Van Ness on a busy Friday afternoon, Raymond Spencer updated the Wikipedia page for the nearby Edmund Burke School.

“On April 22, 2022, a shooter fired at the school,” Spencer wrote. “The suspect is still at large.”

Police later identified Spencer of Fairfax, Virginia, as interested in shooting before announcing that the suspect had been found dead that night in a nearby Van Ness apartment surrounded by firearms and ammunition.

DC Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said Saturday that the gunner fired more than 100 rounds from a long gun and confirmed reports that bullet holes had been found in buildings in the area.

“There will probably be a lot of bullet holes we can find,” he said. “The investigation will continue for a while.”

In addition, Contee said on Friday that Spencer was the shooter they were looking for and said law enforcement officers were no longer looking for Spencer after finding out that the suspected shooter had killed himself when tacticians smashed his door.

Police said four people were injured in the shooting in the Van Ness area, including a 50-year-old man, a 30-year-old woman, another woman who was shot by a bullet, and a 12-year-old girl.

Little was known about the suspect on Saturday morning. Authorities did not say whether the shooter focused on Burke, whether he attended or had any affiliation with the school, or what ties he had to the Van Ness neighborhood. However, authorities said Spencer’s online trail provided a glimpse of the shooting, which panicked one of DC’s busiest streets and launched armored vehicles and helicopters into the area during a frantic search for the shooter.

Law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation said investigators examined social media posts attributed to users named Raymond Spencer online, including 4chan, an online bulletin board with millions of users. The user wrote, “Dear God, please forgive me,” in one report, four minutes after the shots were reported.

A man identified as a person of interest in the DC shooting on April 22 was found dead in an apartment near the scene, according to officials. (Video: AP)

The suspects in the shooting, in which 4 dead were injured, officials say

The following posts seemed to mock the police: “Right now they’re looking in the wrong part of the XD building.” Later, the user wrote, “I’m waiting for the police to catch up with me.”

Contee said the graphic video released online on Friday, which shows what the shooting looks like, is authentic, although it is not clear when it was published. The video shows Burke’s glass corridor covered with posters from her recent auction of financial aid, which is thematically focused on the game Clue. There is a sound of gunfire and one of the glass panels shatters.

On Wikipedia, Spencer last updated his user page on Friday at 3:58 p.m., just after the shooting. The site stated that he was an “AR-15 fan” in his biography.

His relatives could not be caught immediately. In Fairfax County, police also waited at Fair Lakes Circle on Friday night, a site thought to be Spencer’s home.

“We have identified possible residences and are closely monitoring the site,” Fairfax County Police said in a statement.

Friday afternoon’s shooting shook Washington’s residential area. Just before 3:30 p.m., police cars pulled down Connecticut Avenue and the surrounding schools were closed. The parents of the students, who were hiding in the surrounding schools, feared the worst, and the infantry police shouted at passers-by to “move” and “go down”.

In a letter to the city, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) called Friday’s shooting a “heartbreaking day for our community” and criticized the continuing gun violence in the district.

“Unfortunately, tonight I looked into the eyes of parents who were frightened, and they were frightened at the thought of what might happen to their children,” the mayor said in her letter. “This epidemic of gun violence in our country, easy access to firearms – it must end.”

She wrote about children in the community who had been hiding on the spot for hours and residents who had been escorted by the police from their homes.

“Four people, including one child, were shot in one short but devastating act – the second of four in our city today,” Bowser said. “All because a man who had nothing to do with the weapon got to it and used it to terrorize the school community.”

Photo: Scene after the shooting on Connecticut Avenue

Eduardo Bugay, a resident of the Van Ness area, recalls what he saw and heard during the April 22 shooting, which claimed four people. (Video: The Washington Post)

The suspect was found on the fifth floor at the AVA Van Ness apartment building, which is across from Burke School, where police believe he may have shot from the apartment’s balcony, Contee said. The chief said the apartment was “set as a sniper” and a tripod was found between the weapons and the ammunition. Early Saturday morning, it was unclear whether Spencer lived there other than his home in Fairfax or what his affiliation with the AVA was.

The man shot himself, according to two people familiar with the case, who spoke on condition of anonymity, referring to the ongoing investigation.

Jackie Rollins, who lives in the AVA apartment building upstairs under the shooter, said she was watching something on Netflix when she heard the shots, but wasn’t sure what it was.

“I heard the shots, but I didn’t realize they were shots because I never heard a weapon other than on TV or in a movie,” Rollins, 57, said. “And only my grandson – I think he saw something in the news – and I found out.”

She turned on local news, the cameras of which constantly showed her building, and then saw a heavy armed policeman on the street. A little later, police told her she would have to evacuate the building soon. She said she had lived in the building for about 18 months and had seen the alleged shooter several times, but she didn’t know much about him.

“I don’t understand how little you value human life,” she said.

Around 10:00 PM, Rollins was still waiting for the police to allow her and several other occupants of the building to return inside.

“It’s a great place,” she said. “This is the first of its kind, and hopefully the last.”