12 victims slain in Navy Yard shooting rampage; dead suspect ID’d

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Besides the 13 people who were killed, eight people were injured in Monday morning’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray told reporters Monday night. Three of those were injured by gunfire, and the others had other types of injuries, such as contusions and chest pain. Earlier Monday night, Navy Vice Adm. William D. French said 14 people were injured. The 13 dead include suspect Aaron Alexis.

Washington police are confident that only one person was involved in Monday morning’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, and they are lifting a shelter-in-place order for residents who live nearby, Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Monday night. Authorities have said suspect Alexis, 34, was killed after an encounter with security.

The ages of those who were killed in Monday morning’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard range from 46 to 73, Gray said.

The FBI has identified the dead suspect in Monday’s shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor from Texas.

But authorities are still searching for more information about him, and they’re asking members of the public for help.

“No piece of information is too small,” said Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the Washington FBI Field Office. “We are looking to learn everything we can about his recent movements, his contacts and associates.”

In addition to the gunman, authorities said at least 12 people were killed and 14 others were injured in the shooting, which put government buildings on lockdown and sent police SWAT teams rushing to the scene.

The names of those killed, except for the suspected shooter, have not been made public, pending notification of their families.

It’s unclear whether another gunman also opened fire at the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command — and why the shooting occurred, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray told reporters.

“We’ll continue to seek information about what the motive is. We don’t have any reason at this stage to suspect terrorism,” he said, “but certainly it has not been ruled out.”

Police said one other gunman may be on the loose. Authorities earlier said there could be two gunmen at large, but later said one of them had been cleared.

The other possible suspect described by police — a black male, between 40 and 50, wearing an “olive drab-colored” military-style uniform — has not been ruled out, Gray said.

“We still don’t know all the facts. But we do know that several people have been shot and some have been killed,” President Barack Obama said earlier Monday afternoon. “So we are confronting yet another mass shooting. And today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital.”

Obama called the shooting a “cowardly act” that targeted military and civilians serving their country.

“They know the dangers of serving abroad,” he said, “but today they faced the unimaginable violence that we wouldn’t have expected here at home.”

Witness: People pushed their way out of building

The violence started unfolding at 8:20 a.m. when several shots were fired inside the southeast Washington facility.

Police spokesman Chris Kelly soon described a suspect as an adult male, about 6 feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black jeans.

He was armed with an AR-15, which is a semi-automatic rifle; another rifle and a semi-automatic Glock handgun, according to a law enforcement official.

Two witnesses told CNN affiliate WJLA-TV that they heard a fire alarm go off in the building where they worked, then saw a man with a rifle down the hallway as they exited the building.

“He aimed the gun and fired our way,” Todd Brundidge told WJLA.

People frantically ran down stairs to get out of the building, Brundidge said.

“They were pushing. They were shoving. People were falling down,” he told WJLA. “As we came outside, people were climbing the wall trying to get over the wall to get out. …. It was just crazy.”

The injured included a Washington police officer who has been hospitalized, and a base security guard officer, said Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Saray Leon.

Three people, including the D.C. police officer, were admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with multiple gunshot wounds. They are expected to survive, chief medical officer Janis Orlowski told reporters.

One person was pronounced dead at George Washington University Hospital, according to Dr. Babak Sarani, chief of trauma and acute care there.

Details emerge about suspect

As authorities investigated the deadly shooting, across the country details began to emerge about the suspect.

The FBI said it identified Alexis using fingerprints and ID.

He was in the Navy’s ready reserve, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told CNN. In the past, he was an enlisted petty officer working on electrical systems. He was discharged from the Navy following a “pattern of misconduct,” a U.S. defense official said. The military is reviewing his files.

The suspected shooter “had an active military ID” and entered the base legally, according to a federal law enforcement official.

Outside Fort Worth, Texas, friend Michael Ritrovato said Alexis had recently been frustrated with the civilian contractor about a payment issue. But Ritrovato said his friend never showed signs of aggressiveness or violence, though he played a lot of shooting video games online.

“It’s incredible that this is all happening, because he was a very good-natured guy,” Ritrovato said. “It seemed like he wanted to get more out of life.”

In Seattle, police said they arrested Alexis in 2004 for shooting out the tires of another man’s vehicle in what Alexis later told detectives was an anger-fueled “blackout.”

SWAT teams swarm area

Meanwhile, at the Navy yard, helicopters hovered overhead. In one chopper, there appeared to be a police sniper peering out, with a scope at the ready.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent a team of about 20 special agents to the scene, a law enforcement official said. The team was the same group that helped apprehend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the official said.

Emergency personnel, the FBI, U.S. Capitol Police and local D.C. police responded to the shooting, shutting down traffic in the area on the District’s south side along the Anacostia River. Some people were evacuated, and others sheltered in place.

Paul Williams, who works at a nearby nonprofit, was headed to his office when he witnessed panic at the Navy yard.

“I heard four rapid bangs — bang, bang, bang, bang,” he said.

At first, he thought it was construction noise, but less than a minute later, he saw hundreds of people coming toward him.

“I didn’t know what was happening. I just ran with them,” Williams said. “Everyone seemed scared. People were crying. People were being consoled and calling loved ones and family.”

Government buildings, schools tighten security

Security was stepped up at the Pentagon.

And at least eight schools were on lockdown as a precaution, the Washington public schools said.

Air traffic to Reagan National Airport in northern Virginia, the closest airport to downtown Washington, was suspended after the shooting but later resumed, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Officials postponed a Washington Nationals baseball game that had been scheduled for Monday night at Nationals Park, just a few blocks away from the Washington Navy Yard.

The headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command — 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.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington’s congressional delegate, described the Navy yard as a “very secure facility.”

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.

Burned during the War of 1812, the Navy Yard was transformed into a center for ordnance and technological development. The facility was the world’s largest ordnance plant during World War II, but its military role steadily diminished during the Cold War era.

Today, the Navy Yard includes the headquarters of Naval District Washington and is home to a naval museum. The area around the facility has been marked in recent years by significant commercial and residential revitalization.

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From CNN: A D.C. police officer is among at least three people shot inside the Washington Navy Yard, the Washington Post reported Monday, citing a D.C. police spokesman. The U.S. Navy tweeted that “several” are confirmed injured.

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Some background info on Washington Navy Yard: 

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.

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ABC and CBS reporting five shot – 3 civilians, 1 DC police officer and 1 base officer. 

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NBC affiliate WRC saying 10 people have been wounded in shooting. 

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Details still unclear at this point. ABC and CBS reporting 5 injured, NBC reporting 7 injured and NBC Washington reporting as many as 10 shot.

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The incident occurred at 8:20 a.m. when several shots were fired inside the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command in southeast Washington, D.C. An “active shooter” remained inside the building, the Navy said.

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Police say 10 people have been shot, including eight civilians and two police officers. A D.C. police officer was shot two times in the leg; a base officer was also shot. Police say the shooter is pinned down between the third and fourth floors of a building on the base.

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Maryland Police reports at least 10 shot at Navy Yard. 8 civilians, 1 MPD officer, and one base officer. 

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NBC Washington now reporting 12 shot, 4 dead. 

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The lone gunman has barricaded himself in a room near where the shooting occurred.

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BREAKING: Defense official says Washington Navy Yard shooter is “contained” but not in custody.

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Defense official says “several killed” and as many as 10 wounded in Navy Yard shooting.

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NBC Washington still reporting 12 shot, 4 dead. Three shooters are involved in the Navy Yard shooting, a police spokeswoman told the Washington Post. One of the shooters is “down,” police said, but two remain in a building on the grounds. One of the shooters at large is dressed in fatigues. At least one has a long gun, police said.

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The White House issued a statement on the Navy Yard shooting Monday morning:

“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.”

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A U.S. Navy spokesman is reporting that four people have been killed in the shooting rampage at Navy Yard. Ed Buclatin, the public affairs chief for the Navy Installations Command, tweeted “four killed and eight injured.” A spokeswoman at Navy headquarters at the Pentagon said she was aware of “reports of multiple fatalities” but said she could not confirm the number.

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LATEST: As many as 10 people were shot Monday morning after inside the Washington Navy Yard. Some fatalities reported. There are unconfirmed reports of multiple shooters. 

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Navy’s release: “WASHINGTON (NNS) — Several people were injured and there are reports of fatalities in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 16.

An active shooter was reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building (Bldg. 197) on the Washington Navy Yard at 8:20 a.m. (Eastern Time).

Emergency personnel remain on scene and a “shelter in place” order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel.

This release will be updated as new information is confirmed.”

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Choppers currently circulating scene because of “active shooter scene.” Shooter is not in custody as of 10:43 a.m. 

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Airport spokesman Rob Yingling said flight operations returned to normal at Reagan National just after 10 a.m. About 30 flights were affected by the temporary hold placed on air traffic by the Federal Aviation Administration. Passengers may experience delays but flights are taking off and landing at the airport as officials works through the delays.

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Washington Post reporting: Police now believe two shooters, including one in fatigues, have killed four people and wounded eight others at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, throwing the region into fear and chaos during the morning commute.

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NBC Washington reporting “more gunfire” heard at D.C. Navy Yard moments ago. Several choppers circling scene.

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LATEST: NBC Washington reporting 10 shot. 4 dead. Among 6 injured victims is two officers. Story still developing…

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Authorities still trying to determine if there are multiple shooters. One gunman has been “neutralized,” however the shooter scene is still “active.”

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WUSA reporting Naval District of Washington PIO reports 2 shooters “down”

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ATF team that helped take down Boston bombing suspect responding to Navy Yard shooting. 

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NBC’s Pete Williams reporting there are two separate shooting locations. Tactical teams have entered a second building.

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NBC Washington reporting shooter dead. No updates on possibility of second shooter or second building.

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The Pentagon “believes there has been loss of life” in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, a spokesman says.

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