By: George William
(WUSA9)- A suspected gunman connected to a quadruple shooting Friday near the campus of the University of District of Columbia (UDC) in Northwest, D.C. was found dead in a nearby building, according to DC Police. One man, two women and a 12-year-old girl were shot, and three of the victims were treated at local hospitals.
In a news conference Friday night, DC Police Chief Robert Contee said police believe the alleged shooter died by suicide while officers were entering a fifth-floor apartment where he had set up a “sniper-type setup” with a tripod. Six firearms, including several long guns, and multiple rounds of ammunition, were found inside the apartment.
The police chief declined to identify the suspect, pending notification to the family. Contee added that the male victim was a retired DC Police officer, and he, and one of the women shot, sustained critical injuries. A second woman and a 12-year-old girl had minor injuries.
“Today, evil reared its ugly head in our community,” Contee said. “People were unnecessarily shot in our community as a result of a senseless act of violence.”
Several schools, businesses and apartment buildings in the area were evacuated or asked to shelter in place for safety. After six hours, UDC lifted its shelter in place order just before 9:15 p.m.
When asked about a video that has been circulated on social media purportedly recorded by the shooter, Contee said his department is still investigating the origins of the video.
“We don’t know if it was streamed live or recorded and then posted,” Contee said. “It looks very much to be authentic but we just want to make sure of that.”
Contee said a police perimeter around the impacted area was being taken down to allow residents back into their buildings.
“All of the children that were in the schools that sheltered in place are safe … and all of the children have been reunited with their family members,” Contee said. “We are very thankful that no more of our children were injured tonight.”
Parents of students at locked-down schools were asked not to come to the schools, and the Cleveland Park Library served as a family reunification center.
The Sheridan School, another private school nearby for kindergarten through eighth-grade students, sent a letter to families Friday afternoon notifying them of the shooting.
“We have received word that there is currently a situation at an apartment building in Van Ness and Connecticut involving an active shooter,” the letter said. “Everyone who is at Sheridan is safe and currently inside the building. We have spoken with MPD and they indicated we are not in danger.”