By Jueseppi B.
From Associated Press:
Monday, Sep 16, 2013
At least twelve people are dead after a shooting in a heavily secured building at the D.C. Navy Yard, where as many as two potential gunmen may still be at large.
One gunman has been killed, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a midday press conference. It’s unclear if he is among the twelve dead.
“There are multiple victims inside deceased,” Lanier said.
They are seeking two other people as “possible” gunmen, Lanier said at her second press conference at 2 p.m. One was a white male, wearing a tan military-type uniform consistent with a Navy uniform, a beret hat and a handgun holster, reported Pete Williams of NBC News, who noted that many people are authorized to carry firearms at Navy Yard and that there is no hard evidence there is a second or a third shooter. He was last seen on surveillance about 8:30 a.m., Williams reported.
Lanier also said police were seeking a black man, aged about 50, who was wearing olive drab and was armed with a “long gun,” though she did not give any other details about the weapon. He was about 5-feet-10 inches tall and 180 pounds with medium complexion and graying sideburns.
“We do know that several people have been shot, and some have been killed,” President Barack Obama said. “So we are confronting yet another mass shooting, and today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital. It’s a shooting that targeted military and civilian personnel. These are men and women going to work, doing their job protecting all of us. 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.”
Though Lanier stressed that the scene was contained, people near the base are being asked to stay in their homes, and eight D.C. public schools and one private school nearby have been locked down.
A large search, including from helicopters, continues. “It’s a large piece of land with many buildings,” Assistant D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham told News4. “It’s going to take a while to determine that it is safe.”
Tactical teams have entered at least two buildings on the Navy Base to search for the shooter, and News4′s Mark Segraves reported that three helicopters were seen tightly circling part of the base earlier.
Earlier Monday morning, the one known gunman walked into Building #197 at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, 1336 Isaac Hull Ave. in the Southeast section of the District. He shot a security guard in the head, killing him, sources confirmed to News4′s Jackie Bensen.
The gunman then walked through the building, and seemed to target victims, Bensen reported. Some reports indicate he was armed with an AR-15 (a military-style assault weapon), a handgun and a shotgun.
D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies responded, Bensen said. During that response, a MPD officer was shot in the leg.
That gunman was then shot by a FBI hostage response team, Bensen said.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center said the MPD officer was among three victims that had been transported to that hospital. The officer was shot in the legs; one other victim was shot in the shoulder and one was shot in the head and hand.
All are alert and speaking at this time, and there is a “very good chance they will survive,” said Dr. Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer at the hospital.
However, the hospital has been prepared to expect more victims.
George Washington University Hospital said they had also received a victim, a man in his 60s who had been shot in the temple. Despite efforts at CPR, he was prounounced dead at the hospital.
One victim was evacuated from the roof of a building, reported News4′s Tony Tull. A U.S. Park Police helicopter hovering above the scene around 9:50 a.m. lowered a basket to a building and lifted what appeared to be a shooting victim from the roof. The helicopter came back to the scene just after 10 a.m. to retrieve another victim.
But other details were sketchy from the scene, which continued to evolve through the morning. Shots rang out several times, including a volley that Tull reported at about 9:20 a.m. and another volley that News4′s Mark Segraves heard at about 11 a.m.
Federal and local emergency personnel converged on the scene, and a shelter in place order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel, the Navy said.
“I was in the cafeteria, just paid for my breakfast,” Patricia Ward said. “I was waiting for my friend to pay for hers when we heard the gunshot. It was three gunshots straight in a row, pop pop pop, three seconds later, it was pop pop pop pop pop, so it was like about a total of seven gunshots, and we just started running.”
Obama continues to get frequent briefings about the deadly shooting from senior aides. The White House says Obama directed his team to stay in touch with the Navy, FBI and local officials as the events unfold.
The Navy Yard is located in southeast Washington on the Anacostia River. The Navy says 3,000 people work inside the building, including command staff, headquarters directorates and field activities. They coordinate the Naval Sea Systems Command, or NAVSEA, the largest of the Navy’s five system commands.
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At least 12 people killed in Washington Navy Yard shooting, Mayor Vincent Gray said.
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WASHINGTON – At least one gunman opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, and officials said 12 people were killed and at least four were wounded, including a law enforcement officer.
One suspect is dead, but two others may be on the loose, the D.C. police chief said Monday.
“The big concern for us right now is that we potentially have two other shooters that we have not located at this point,” Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters.
Lanier said authorities were looking for a white man and a black man in military-style clothing who could be connected to the shooting.
“We have no information to believe that either of those folks are military personnel, but we do have information that those individuals are wearing military-style uniforms,” she said.
A White House statement said President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation.
The headquarters — the workplace for about 3,000 people — is the largest of the Navy’s five system commands. It has a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion.
“With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships and submarines and their combat systems,” the Navy said.
The Washington Navy Yard — the Navy’s oldest land establishment — was created in 1799 following an act of Congress, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. Originally envisioned as a shipbuilding and fitting facility on the Anacostia River, it serviced some of the Navy’s most famous early vessels, including the USS Constitution.
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