North-West D.C. Shooting Leaves 4 People Wounded; Suspect Found Dead

Updated: Apr 28

By: Rahma Wadood, Maria Paz Berazay, Mariam Asmare, Nina Allen

Last Friday, April 22nd, a gunman released more than 100 rounds of bullets at the nation’s capital, injuring four people. At around 3:30pm, the suspected shooter, 23-year-old Raymond Spencer, used sniper-style arms without an obvious motive to hurt passerbyers on the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness St., NW. Nearby schools, of which include the University of the District of Columbia and the Edmund Burke Preparatory School, went on lockdown. While it is unclear whether the shooter had any relation to the schools, all students have been sent home safely.

In the police investigation following the shooting, it was revealed that the arms used in the attack were legally obtained and military grade. After a manhunt to find the suspected shooter, Spencer was found dead in his apartment nearby the scene of the crime with self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Nathalia Martinez, a junior at Bethesda Chevy Chase, was driving to DC after school with friends when she realized the block she was on was surrounded by police. Having just missed the crime, she said that “she felt there was an angel by [her] side, [and that they] were saved by the minute”.