The shooting of four people by a sniper in northwest Washington, D.C., on Friday afternoon forced residents and students into a lock down that lasted well into the night — until the gunman was found dead in his apartment.

“The suspect that we believe is responsible for this is now deceased,” Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said at a nighttime news conference with Mayor Muriel Bowser. “We believe that the suspect took his own life as MPD members were entering or breaking the apartment where the suspect was located.”

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