Mass Shooting at DC Navy Yard

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DEVELOPING: 13 people including the shooter are now dead..
There were multiple fatalities Monday morning following a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, officials said. One gunman died in the shooting, and police are seeking two other possible shooters.

The Navy Yard was placed on lockdown after shots were fired inside a building on the base, the U.S. Navy said. At least 10 people were injured in the shooting, including eight civilians, one Washington Metro police officer and one base officer, D.C. Metro Police said.

According to the Associated Press, six people were killed. It’s unclear if that figure includes the gunman, who was shot during an exchange with the Metro Police officer.

“As far as we know, it’s an isolated incident,” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said.

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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said authorities are seeking two possible suspects who may still be at large: a white male wearing a khaki military-style uniform and a beret, carrying a handgun; and a black male, approximately 50 years old, wearing an olive military-style uniform, carrying “a long gun.”

Before a scheduled economic speech at the White House, President Barack Obama deplored “yet another mass shooting” — this one targeting military and civilian personnel.

“These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us,” Obama said. “They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad. But today they faced the unimaginable: violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home.”

“We will do everything in our power to make sure that whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible,” the president added. “I want the investigation to be seamless.”

Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer at Washington Hospital Center, said one Metropolitan Police officer and two civilians are being treated there. All three are in critical condition, Orlowski said, but are alert, speaking and have a good chance of survival.

One was shot in the legs, another in the shoulder and another in the head and hand.

Orlowski said Washington Hospital Center is prepared to handle eight to 10 more victims, but did not know how many victims would be transported to the hospital. She said she had been told to expect more.

The Navy said shots were fired at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building on the base at 8:20 a.m., and a “shelter in place” order was issued for Navy Yard personnel.
Rick Mason, a program management specialist, told Yahoo News he was on the fourth floor when he saw someone with a shotgun aiming down into the atrium. The gunman, Mason said, was targeting people who walked into the cafeteria.

Other employees described a chaotic scene.

“We heard two shots and started wondering if that was the sound of someone dropping something or if they were really shots,” Omar Grant, a civilian employee at the Navy Yard who was on the first floor of the atrium, said. “We heard three more shots, and that’s when people started running out of the building and getting the hell out of there.”

Approximately 3,000 people work in the building, the Navy said, though it’s unclear how many people were inside at the time of the shooting.

A White House official said the president had been briefed several times throughout the morning about the unfolding situation at the Navy Yard by assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism Lisa Monaco and deputy chief of staff Alyssa Mastromanaco.
A heavy SWAT and police presence could be seen around the Navy Yard, and helicopters were circling overhead.
Employees could be seen huddled outside the base crying and holding each other. At least one of the victims was airlifted from the scene.

A ground stop was ordered at Reagan National Airport, and schools in the area were placed on temporary lockdown.

According to the Navy’s website, Naval Sea Systems “engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships and submarines and their combat systems.” Approximately 60,000 people work there.

LATEST UPDATE: According to federal authorities one shooter involved in this incident is dead… No word on whether or not there is a second shooter.

At least 10 people have been shot — with multiple fatalities — at a Navy building in Washington.
A Navy Yard spokesman said the suspected gunman remains active and possibly barricaded following reports of shots fired at around 8:20 a.m. at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in southeast Washington. A U.S. Navy official later told Reuters that it’s possible more than one shooter is involved, although that has not been verified.

Police sources told The Washington Post that three shooters, including one in military fatigues, were involved in the incident.

Roughly 3,000 people who work inside the building have been directed to stay in place as authorities continue searching for the shooter, Navy officials said. Low-flying helicopters were spotted circling above the scene, dropping baskets to evacuate people from the complex.
The Washington Post reported that a D.C. police officer was among those injured. All were listed in critical condition, authorities told the newspaper.

Rick Mason, a program management analyst who is a civilian with the U.S. Navy, said a gunman was shooting from a fourth floor overlook in the hallway outside his office. Mason said the gunman was aiming down at people in the building’s cafeteria on the first floor, adding that he could hear the shots but could not see a gunman.

Shortly after the gunfire, Mason said overhead speakers told workers to seek shelter and later to head for the gates at the complex.

Patricia Ward, a logistics management specialist, said she was in the cafeteria and heard shots. They sounded like “pop, pop, pop,” she said. After a few seconds, there were more shots, she said.
“Everybody just panicked at first,” she said. “It was just people running, running, running.”
People who were inside the building said the gunman — described as a tall, African-American male — wordlessly sprayed fire from an AR-15.

“We saw him hold the rifle, and we saw him aim it in our direction,” a witness told FoxNews.com.
Another witness told WJLA: “We were looking, but he was down the hall far enough that we couldn’t see a face. But we saw him hold the rifle and then we saw him raise it and aim in our direction.”
Naval Sea Systems Command is the largest of the Navy’s five system commands and accounts for a quarter of the Navy’s entire budget. It builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships and submarines and their combat systems.

Out of an abundance of caution, U.S. Capitol Police will conduct enhanced security operations on the Capitol Complex, although no known threat exists. Six schools have also reportedly been locked down as a precautionary measure.

White House officials, in a statement released shortly after the shooting, confirmed that President Obama had been briefed on the incident.

“The President directed his team to stay in touch with our federal partners, including the Navy and FBI, as well as the local officials,” the statement read. “We urge citizens to listen to the authorities and follow directions from the first responders on site.”

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  • Bo Zuendel

    This would not be possible if everyone carried a side arm.

    • Budd Dunson

      you are so right

    • Glenn Barr

      I agree, however the shooting took place on a Federal installation where no one but the military and federal LEOs are allowed to have weapons.,..

  • Canuck Sailor

    Workplace violence. Move along, nothing to see here.

  • David Hinsdale

    Have the shooterspassed a backround check? Do they have permits for the weapons? Do they carry no more than 10 rounds in the magazines? Were their weapons obtained legally? See how much sense gun control really makes?

  • Alfred Hester

    tell house and senate members they are needed to be shields for the innocent people….let them take it for the team….jus’ sayin’….sorry for the real innocent people that have lost life or loved ones in this shooting…..

  • Clay Slape

    And in IGNORANCE by people who don’t know their weapons, I agree with you Jan. Someone needs to take the mass media to task on properly identifying weapons used in matters like this. This is how Feinstein and Friends get all wound up and want to do GUN BANS and such. Pathetic really. Really Pathetic Indeed !

  • Chris Kovarovic

    In a highly controlled area, gun control did not work. It’ s going to be a platform for Einstein regardless of facts.

  • astrojohn

    and the name of the shooter is … crickets…but we know it isn’t terror-related…

  • Sandra Johnson

    Next stop…the White H. Couldn’t be more clear. O. Is setting himself up to be “assassinated”. Then he will get all kinds of sympathy from world leaders. How else could this guy get in with a gun?