Police confirm that one suspect, a formal Navy official in his 50s whose work status recently changed, is dead. Authorities say they are seeking two additional potential shooters and offered descriptions of who they are looking for.
UPDATE: The person responsible for killing at least 12 people at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in Southeast D.C. has been identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Texas. The photo of the shooter has been posted on FBI.gov as they’re trying to get more information of him. There is a number to call in if you know this man as well.
Here’s the drop via 4UMF:
One is reportedly a white male last seen around 8:30 a.m. in a khaki-tan military-style uniform with a beret. He is believed to be armed with a hand gun.
The second is a black male in his 50s, also wearing a military-style uniform, who may have been in possession of a long gun.
Authorities say they have no information leading them to believe these men are military personel, even though they are wearing the uniforms.
The United States Navy confirmed there was an active shooter inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building at the Navy Yard, and that shots were fired around 8:20 a.m. At least two law enforcement officers, one a Metropolitan police officer and the other from the Naval base, are among the wounded. Park police helicoptered two victims to Washington Hospital.
Witnesses described a gunman opening fire from the fourth floor, aiming down on people in the first-floor cafeteria. Others said a gunman fired at them in a third-floor hallway.
The Navy Yard remains on lockdown. The initial intstructions were for personnel to evacuate the building, but then they were ordered to shelter in place. Officials say a room-by-room evacuation of the building is under way. Six area public schools were also locked down, as was one administrative building and the Department of Transportation building at 1200 New Jersey Avenue.
A Navy spokesman confirms the shootings occurred in a building on 11th and M streets, along the Anacostia River.
The gunman was described as an African-American male, about 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, bald with a dark completion, wearing all black. He was believed to have an assault rifle and a side-arm, and he may have been hiding on the fourth floor.
President Barack Obama was briefed about the situation, and a senior White House official released the following statement:
“The president has been briefed several times about the unfolding situation at the Washington Navy Yard by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco and Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromanaco. The President directed his team to stay in touch with our federal partners, including the Navy and FBI, as well as the local officials. We urge citizens to listen to the authorities and follow directions from the first responders on site.”
Authorities have closed 2nd Street to 4th Street at M Street, and the 11th Street Bridge is closed dueto police activity. Residents are advised to avoid the area.