WASHINGTON: Navy Yard Shooting Death Toll Rises, Suspect ID’ed UPDATE

September 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

Thirteen Dead

The death toll in the mass shooting incident at the Washington Navy Yard has risen to 13, Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said today (September 16).

Gray said a 12th victim had died, increasing the death toll to 13 — including the shooter, who was identified by the FBI as Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas. “We are looking to learn everything we can about his recent movements, contacts and associates, said Valerie Parlave, head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. The FBI has been designated lead agency in the shooting investigation.

FBI photo of Aaron Alexis

FBI photo of Aaron Alexis

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the suspect engaged in several gunfights with police before he was shot and killed. “It was one of the worst things we’ve seen in Washington, D.C.,” she added.

“We don’t know what the motive is,” said Gray adding that while there was nothing to indicate the shooting was an act of terrorism “but we haven’t ruled out anything.”

Meanwhile, authorities have ruled out one of two people suspected of being a second shooter.

According to a tweet by the District of Columbia Police Department, a man said to be wearing a khaki or tan military unifrom and carrying a handgun is not a suspect:


The white male in the tan outfit has been identified and is not a suspect or person of interest.

But Gray and Lanier said police were still seeking a black male witnesses said they saw wearing olive drab military style and carrying a long gun. That man was said to be about 50 years old with graying sideburns. There’s been no word on the status of that part of the investigation.

To see earlier stories, click here.

Aerial file photo of Washington Navy Yard (U.S. Navy photo)

Aerial file photo of Washington Navy Yard
(U.S. Navy photo)

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