DC police said on Tuesday they arrested a suspect in five shootings in Washington and New York that targeted homeless people, killing two, and alarmed the mayors of the two major cities.
Police did not identify the suspect but said he was being questioned.
“Early this morning, law enforcement arrested the suspect in Washington, DC,” the department tweeted. “He is currently being interviewed at our Homicide Branch. Additional information will be forthcoming. Thanks to the community for all your advice.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and New York City Mayor Eric Adams released a rare joint statement over the weekend, imploring the public to help locate the suspect.
Their police department believed that the same person was responsible for each of the shootings and distributed surveillance photos from the scene showing the suspect’s face.
Democratic mayors also pleaded with homeless people to seek shelter services to protect themselves while the killer was at large.
The suspect is linked to three shootings in the district, which killed one, and two shootings in New York, which killed one.