The gunman at a D.N.C.-area community college has been identified as 22-year-old Dylann Roof, a student who attended the university for three years before enrolling in a different school, according to the Dylanny S. Johnson, president of the District of Columbia College Republicans.
Roof is white, according the DCCR.
The school’s campus is located in a mostly black part of D.O.C., a historically black college district that is also home to the historically black National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The DCCr released a statement Friday that said the gunman’s father was a U.S. Army veteran and was a member of the military.
The family was “distraught by the tragic events that occurred at the DCCC,” according to a statement from the Johnson family.
“Dylann was a very loving, thoughtful, compassionate young man who loved life and loved all people,” the statement said.
Roof’s family is seeking privacy and notifying friends and family, according Johnson’s statement.
DylANN ROOTS RAPIDLY, HE WAS SAVED IN HOMES IN D. C, PEOPLE TALKING, SAYS DCCL President Johnson in D. David Johnson Memorial Plaza.
The campus was placed on lockdown Friday after the incident, and students were asked to stay indoors and stay away from their classrooms, said Dan Hart, the president of DCCl.
“We are working to gather the facts to understand what happened,” he said.
Scott Hodge, a DCClar student, said he went to class Saturday and saw students outside their classrooms with flags flying, including a Confederate flag.
“It was a little tense,” Hodge said.
“I mean, it was just kind of a crazy situation.”
The gunman opened fire on the school, which houses approximately 50 students, in the morning on Thursday.
“There were several officers who were out there, but it was really quiet until about 10:30 a.m.,” Hodge told the Associated Press.
“By then it was like a full-blown, full-on riot.
It was really scary.”
The lockdown was lifted around 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, according a DCCC statement.
The gunman had a weapon in his hand and was trying to open fire at students and staff, according Smith.
DCCs campus is on the east side of the Dc., which is a mostly Black part of the district.
A spokesman for the district said in a statement that there were no fatalities.
The university issued a statement saying in part: The university has been working closely with local law enforcement and the FBI to assist in the investigation of this incident and is committed to a full and fair process for all students and faculty to determine the facts of this matter.
The district has also opened an investigation into the shooting.
A DCC official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the case, said Roof had not attended school the last two years.
“This was a relatively new school, with new students, so there’s a lot of learning that goes on that has not been previously seen,” the official said.
The official said it was unclear if Roof was aware of the school’s policy of not allowing white students to enroll.
A source familiar with the investigation said it has been a slow process.
The Washington Post’s David A. Fahrenthold, Robert Costa and Julie Pace contributed to this report.