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One person Raymond Spencer, believed to be a suspect in a shooting that wounded four people in northwest Washington, DC on Friday afternoon, has been found dead, local police said.

Robert Contee, chief of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, told reporters that “they believe the suspect took his own life” when officers entered or broke into the apartment where he was staying.

The police department tweeted overnight that Raymond Spencer, 23, of Fairfax, Virginia, has been identified as a person of interest.

Officers recovered six firearms, including long pistols, and several rounds of ammunition “inside the fifth-floor apartment where the suspect was found dead.”

“This was a sniper-type setup with a tripod, and this person obviously intended to kill and injure members of our community,” Contee said.

“It looks like this person was just shooting at whoever was randomly there,” he said, adding that the shooter was shooting from north to south “definitely more than 20 rounds.”

The shooting that took place around 3:20 p.m. (1920 GMT) prompted a massive police response and school closures.

Officers in tactical gear could be seen running in the area, while others had their weapons drawn as they evacuated residents from an apartment building on Van Ness Street NW.

There were four people injured in the incident: two adult women, one adult man and one minor. An investigation is underway to determine the gunman’s motive.

“This epidemic of gun violence in our country, the easy access to guns, has to stop,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a letter to Washingtonians Friday night.

More than 23,000 people have been killed or injured in gun-related incidents in the United States this year, according to a database managed by the nonprofit research group Gun Violence Archive.

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