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FRIDAY FOTO: September 20, 2013

After the Violence

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus speaks to Washington Navy Yard personnel Thursday (Sept. 19), during their first day back to work after the shooting incident that killed 12 workers and the gunman.

September 20, 2013 at 1:30 am Leave a comment

WASHINGTON: Navy Yard Shooting (Latest Update2)

Victims Identified, Review Ordered

Police guard the front entrance of the Washington Navy Yard Tuesday. (U.S. Navy photo by Chatney Auger)

Police guard the front entrance of the Washington Navy Yard Tuesday.
(U.S. Navy photo by Chatney Auger)

The 12 victims of Monday’s mass shooting incident at the Washington Navy Yard have been identified. The three women and nine men ranged in age from 46 to 73.

The alleged shooter, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas was also slain Monday during a running gun battle with police. He was identified as a former Navy reservist and a civilian employee of an information technology subcontractor who recently started working at the sprawling Navy facility.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus today (September 17) ordered a “rapid review” of Navy and Marine Corps security procedures. Mabus said he ordered the review of “every Navy and Marine Corps base in the United States to ensure that we live up to our responsibility of taking care of our people.”

The review by a Navy admiral and a Marine Corps general is due back on Mabus’s desk by Oct. 1 — two weeks after the Navy Yard shootings.

Late Monday night Washington police ruled out reports of a second gunman, saying Aaron had acted alone. A motive for the shootings, that also wounded three people, has not been determined.

According to the Washington Metropolitan Police, these are the names of the victims:

  •  Michael Arnold, 59, Lorton, Virginia
  •  Sylvia Frasier, 53, Waldorf, Maryland
  •  Kathy Gaarde, 62, Woodbridge, Virginia
  •  John Roger Johnson, 73, Derwood, Maryland
  •  Frank Kohler, 50, Tall Timbers, Maryland
  •  Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46, Waldorf, Maryland
  •  Vishnu Shalchendia Pandit, 61, North Potomac, Maryland
  •  Arthur Daniels, 51,  Washington, DC
  •   Mary Francis Knight, 51, of Reston, Virginia
  •  Gerald L. Read, 58, Alexandria, Virginia
  •  Martin Bodrog, 54, Annandale, Virginia
  •  Richard Michael Ridgell, 52, Westminster, Maryland

September 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm 1 comment

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

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:

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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)

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

WASHINGTON: One Potential Suspect Eliminated in Navy Yard Shooting

Suspected Shooter Eliminated

Washington D.C. police have ended their search for one of the two men identified as potential secondary gunmen in the Navy Yard shootings today (Sept. 16).

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:

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

DC Police Chief Kathy Lanier said that man and a black male wearing olive drab military style carrying a long gun were being sough as possible second gunmen. No word yet on the status of that second individual.

Twelve people, including the gunmen, were killed in the shooting spree.

September 16, 2013 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

WASHINGTON: 12 killed at Washington Navy Yard UPDATE5

Workplace Crime or Terrorism?

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.

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


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