WASHINGTON: 12 killed at Washington Navy Yard UPDATE5

September 16, 2013 at 10:27 am Leave a comment

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UPDATES with DC officials saying at least 12 killed at Washington Navy Yard shooting attack today, FBI taking over investigation

File photo of Washington Navy Yard aerial view. (U.S. Navy photo)

File photo of Washington Navy Yard aerial view.
(U.S. Navy photo)

Twelve people were killed during a chaotic mass shooting incident at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington city officials this afternoon (September 16).

“At this time it appears we have 12 fatalities,” Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray told a press briefing near the sprawling Navy facility. “We have no known motive,” he added. The suspected gunman was also killed but his identity and the circumstances surrounding his death were not disclosed.

DC Police Chief Kathy Lanier said at least 12 dead were confirmed and “a few others” were wounded. Previously officials said four people were wounded and taken to area hospitals.  Lanier said the FBI was now heading the investigation.

Lanier also said police were still seeking information on two other possible shooters.  She shocked an earlier briefing when she announced that “we potentially have two other shooters that we have not located.” She said there was no confirmation yet that there were other shooters but witnesses said they saw two other people with guns. One was described as white male wearing a khaki/tan military style uniform with a beret and a handgun. The other was described as a black male in olive drab military style clothing with a long gun.

Officials at Med Star Washington Hospital Center said three of the wounded — a Washington police officer and two women — were being treated for gunshot wounds they were expected to survive. Lanier said her department deployed multiple active shooter teams within seven minutes after receiving the first 9-1-1 call from the Navy Yard at 8:15 a.m.

Flights at nearby Washington National Airport were grounded for a few hours and security was beefed up around Capitol Hill following the incident. There were no incidents at either location. “As far as we know this is an isolated incident,” Gray said.

According to earlier reports from local TV stations as well as the Washington Post at least 12 people were shot – including two law enforcement officers – in and around the Navy facility in Southeast Washington on the Anacostia River.

An early statement from the Naval District Washington said an active shooter was reported inside Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Headquarters (Building 197). “Several people were injured and there are reports of fatalities,” according to the statement. NAVSEA employees — which normally number about 3,000 workers — have been ordered to shelter in place, the Navy said.

Navy Yard Map. Building 197, NAVSEA HQ is on the left below the compass rose.

Navy Yard Map. Building 197, NAVSEA HQ is on the left below the compass rose.

Television images showed U.S. Park Police and Maryland State Police helicopters lowering baskets to retrieve people – presumably wounded – from rooftops in the area. Multiple ambulances, police cars, armored vehicles and fire trucks can also be seen in the video footage. Later images showed hundreds of Navy Yard workers exiting the facility proffering ID with their hands raised.

Many streets in the area were blocked off and nearby subway stations and schools were closed due to the incident. The Navy Yard is also near the stadium that is home to the Washington Nationals baseball team.

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