Reuters – WASHINGTON — A 34-year-old man opened fire at the U.S. Navy Yard on Monday in a shooting that left 13 people dead, including the gunman, not far from the U.S. Capitol and the White House, officials said.
“We have no indication of motive at this time,” Lanier said.
Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the Washington field office of the FBI, asked the public for help with information about Alexis. Authorities said they were searching for another possible gunman wearing military-style clothing.
Earlier, officials said they were looking for two men, but then said police had established one of them was not a suspect in the shooting, which began at about 8.30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT).
Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said 13 people were killed and a dozen or more injured at the Naval Sea Systems Command, one of five such commands where civilians, military personnel and contractors build and maintain Navy ships and submarines. About 3,000 people work there.
“Everybody was panicking and trying to decide which way to get out,” Ward told reporters. Security guards told people to “run, run, run.”
“You just want to know why,” said David Reyes, a tech sergeant stationed at Andrews Air Force Base who rushed to the Navy Yard when he received a text message from his wife, who works there.
Reached by telephone, Aaron Alexis’ father, Algernon Alexis, seemed stunned by the news his son may have been involved.
“This comes as a complete shock,” he said and then asked a Reuters reporter how he could reach authorities leading the investigation. He said his son was former military and now studying while working in a computer-related job for a private company.
President Barack Obama was briefed on the shooting and then talked about it at the start of a speech on the U.S. economy.
“We are confronting yet another mass shooting, and today it happened at another military installation, in our nation’s capital,” said Obama, who vowed to enact “sensible” gun control measures after a gunman shot dead 20 school children and six adults at an elementary school in Connecticut last December.
“They know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they face the unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home,” Obama said.
The Washington shooting happened less than three weeks after U.S. Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for murdering 13 people in 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas, where he gunned down unarmed soldiers in what he later called retaliation for U.S. wars in Muslim countries.
Among the injured in Monday’s shooting was a District of Columbia police officer and one other law enforcement officer, officials said. Washington Hospital Center said it treated three gunshot victims, who were in critical condition.
At George Washington University, a man in his 60s died of a single gunshot wound to his head, said Babak Sarani, head of trauma surgery.
The man was shot in his left temple and the injury “was not survivable by any stretch,” Sarani told reporters, adding he was unsure what type of weapon was used or whether the bullet had exited the victim’s body.
The shooting revealed a potentially serious security breach.
The command where the shooting takes place requires two separate identification badges, one to get on the base and another to access the building, according to a source who works at the Navy Yard and requested anonymity. Military personnel are generally banned from carrying weapons on military installations but most people with proper credentials are not routinely checked for firearms.
“It will be interesting to see as this develops who the shooter is, how he got in,” said Navy Commander Tim Jirus, who was in charge of evacuating the Sea Command building. “Right now a lot of people are wondering just how safe the building is or just how safe the office environment is.”
Dozens of police and emergency vehicles surrounded the complex in southeast Washington, which is about a mile (1.6 km) south of the U.S. Capitol and three miles (five km) from the White House. Helicopters circled the headquarters with some touching down on the building’s roof.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it briefly suspended departures at Reagan National Airport. The District of Columbia Public Schools put six schools and an administration building on lockdown as a precaution. The Washington Nationals baseball team postponed their game against the Atlanta Braves scheduled for Monday night at nearby Nationals Park.
president obomber states and vows for more gun control which will as usual affect innocent,law abiding citizens to protect themselves. in the mean time president obombs-away is giving away guns,assault rifles,grenades to his Syrian rebel thugs so that they can kill innocent,law abiding citizens in Syria,including Christians. how is that nobel peace prize working out for you,barry?
the mass shooter has reportedly been taking government approved psychiatric drugs(ssri classification) for his mental illness.these types of prescription medication are routinely dispensed to patients by so called MD's,psychiatrists who are nothing but quacks and frauds.these medication have serious and toxic side effects,including hallicinations and violence.the big pharmeceuticals reap huge profits and the main stream media make huge ad revenues from these corporations peddling psychotropic drugs. I hope HAWAII REPORTERwill do investigative journalism on all these mass shooters and them taking these drugs.and incredibley we still have a war on marijuana??we should have a war on prescription corporate medication.
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right on B.E.D.! excellent point on the lunacy of these gov't policies of disarming American citizens. and "… America's first affirmative action disaster in the white house…" LOL,Blue!
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