MPD Provides Update On DC Shooting, 4chan User Claiming Responsibility Uploads Video Targeting Children

A gunman in northwest Washington, DC has left at least three people injured according to the Metropolitan Police Department, with video evidence taken by the shooter himself purportedly uploaded to the infamous 4chan imageboard.

Warning, this post contains a link to a video allegedly taken by the gunman and depicts him indiscriminately targeting men, women, and children.

DC police say that the shooting happened on the 2900 block of Van Ness Street, northwest. A large contingent of officers are present at the scene alongside the city’s fire department, and members of the US Secret Service and ATF.

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MPD issues update concerning the shooter, officers refuse to comment on whether they believe they have the suspect, say they have not confirmed the 4Chan video yet:

“At approximately 3:20 this afternoon…officers responded to the reported sounds of gunshots,” Assistant Chief Stuart Emerman told members of the media in a video update linked below. He informed them that three victims—two adults and one juvenile female—of the shooting had been transferred to the hospital and all of them are in stable condition.

When questioned about an alleged suspect who was seen by observers being handcuffed and away by responding officers, Emerman explained that a number of people present at the scene attempted to flee and suggested that the individual in handcuffs was likely detained for questioning and would be released if he had no involvement in the incident. While the assistant chief said that his department was aware of the video surfacing shortly after the shooting, they could not currently confirm its authenticity.

Still, social media users familiar with the targeted school have indicated that they believe it to be real:

John Henry a journalist with WUSA recorded footage of one black male being detained at the scene:

Police are actively combing the area searching for where the shooter fired from and would not confirm whether or not the department had recovered a shooting tripod at the scene. MPD believes that gunfire only came from one location, implying that they currently believe there was only one shooter.

Video purportedly showing the incident was shared on 4Chan by user ‘Raymond Spencer’ who claims to have been the shooter:

On 4chan, shortly after the time of the shooting, a user posting under the name Raymond Spencer uploaded a video showing the crosshairs on a scope as it panned across a street and building shooting indiscriminately as his intended targets fled. “Oh God, please forgive me,” the user commented. Emerman indicated that MPD is aware of the video but has yet been unable to confirm whether or not it is linked to the shooting. A number of internet sleuths, some of which have reached out to those they know in the area, have begun to say that the video appears to be legitimate.

That video can be seen here.

Another user on social media managed to record audio of the shooting while he was in the vicinity:

This is a developing story and more information will follow as updates from MPD come in.

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