At least ten shot, multiple dead, at Washington Navy Yard
Update, 2:36 p.m.: MPD Chief Cathy Lanier has confirmed that there are 16 wounded, 4 critically injured, and 12 casualties.
Original post: At 8:20 a.m., shots were fired at the Washington Navy Yard, just miles from the White House and Capitol Hill. The Navy confirmed the shooting on Twitter. No fewer than ten people were shot, including two police officers. The incident has left as many as six people dead and at least three people in critical condition.
As of 12:40 p.m., police had shot one gunman, but two others suspects remain at large. Cathy Lanier, the chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, said the police were looking for two other possible gunmen wearing military-style uniforms. There is no evidence to confirm whether the gunmen are actually members of the military.
The Washington Navy Yard is currently on lockdown and the police have barricaded the shooters inside. Hundreds of officers have surrounded the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, where approximately 3,000 service members, civilians, and contractors work.
Patricia Ward, a logistics management specialist at the naval office, told the New York Times that she was in the cafeteria when the shooting happened. “I heard three gunshots, pow, pow, pow, straight in a row,” she said. “About three seconds later, there were four more gunshots, and all of the people in the cafeteria were panicking, trying to figure out which way we were going to run out.”
Experts are conjecturing that semi-automatic weapons were used, as witnesses report shots fired in rapid succession.
Local news agencies report that six schools near the naval office have been placed on lockdown. In addition, Reagan National Airport kept flights on the ground, halting arrivals and departures from just before 10 a.m. until 10:14 a.m.
White House Officials say that President Barack Obama has been briefed several times by his counterterrorism and homeland security adviser and his deputy chief of staff. At 12:35 p.m., the White House Tweeted, “President Obama: ‘We send our thoughts and prayers to all at the Navy Yard who’ve been touched by this tragedy.’
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