DC Mayor decries ‘easy access’ to weapons after taking pictures that left 4 injured, together with baby

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday condemned what she referred to as the “epidemic of gun violence in our country” following a taking pictures within the district that left 4 injured, together with a toddler. 

The suspect was later discovered useless in an condominium.

“The easy access to firearms — it has got to stop,” the mayor mentioned in an announcement hours after the taking pictures, including that every one the chaos was brought on “because a person who had no business having a gun got access to one and used it to terrorize a school community.”

Authorities discovered a number of firearms, together with a number of lengthy weapons and handguns, and “multiple” rounds of ammunition contained in the condominium the place the suspect was discovered useless, having apparently taken his life, Washington, D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III mentioned throughout a press convention.

It appeared the weapons have been obtained legally, he mentioned.  

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DC SHOOTING INJURES 4, SUSPECT FOUND DEAD IN APARTMENT BUILDING 

Firearms recovered in the apartment of the suspect who was found dead after the shooting. 

Firearms recovered within the condominium of the suspect who was discovered useless after the taking pictures. 
(DC Police Division )

Earlier the Metropolitan Police Division launched images of the person it says was an individual of curiosity in connection to the taking pictures: 23-year-old Raymond Spencer of Fairfax, Virginia. Contee wouldn’t affirm if Spencer was the suspect who was discovered useless however mentioned authorities have been not on the lookout for him. 

Contee mentioned the suspect used a tripod and referred to the taking pictures as a “sniper-type setup” with the victims chosen at “random.”

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser listens as Metropolitan Police Department assistant chief Stuart Emerman speaks near the scene of a shooting Friday, April 22, 2022, in northwest Washington. 

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser listens as Metropolitan Police Division assistant chief Stuart Emerman speaks close to the scene of a taking pictures Friday, April 22, 2022, in northwest Washington. 
(AP Photograph/Carolyn Kaster)

The Friday afternoon taking pictures within the 4100 block of Connecticut Avenue NW left a 54-year-old man, a girl in her mid-30s and a 12-year-old lady with gunshot wounds in addition to a girl in her 60s who suffered a graze wound to the again. The victims are anticipated to outlive. The taking pictures occurred close to a number of embassies. 

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“This has got to stop,” Bowser repeated in her statement. “People should not be scared taking their children to school. People should not be scared sitting in their cars when they run errands. People should not be scared standing outside their homes and talking to neighbors.”

Metropolitan Police run as they escort people, some without shoes, away from a shooting scene in the northwest part of the city on April 22, 2022 in Washington, DC. 

Metropolitan Police run as they escort individuals, some with out footwear, away from a taking pictures scene within the northwest a part of the town on April 22, 2022 in Washington, DC. 
((Photograph by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Pictures))

She continued, “We pray for the health and well-being of all of today’s victims. But the epidemic of gun violence in our country must be stopped. We cannot allow dangerous people – who become much more dangerous and deadly because they have easy access to guns – to terrorize our communities. We must believe that there is a better way than this, and we’ve got to work together, in DC and across the nation, to find it.”

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Washington, D.C. has among the strictest gun legal guidelines within the nation, together with an assault weapons ban, background checks, open carry isn’t allowed and hid carry isn’t allowed inside 1,000 ft of a museum, protest, federal property or monument. 

Bowser has additionally supported a number of packages meant to decrease gun violence and has proposed hiring extra cops, in accordance with the Voice of America

Every day Submit’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report. 

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