One suspect is dead after a shooting at the Washington Navy yard, but at least one other may be on the loose, the D.C. police chief said Monday.
Authorities have confirmed at least twelve people are dead, including the shooter, after as many as three shooters dressed in military style uniforms opened fire in a rampage on Monday, police said, spreading fear and chaos across the region as authorities tried to contain the incident.
At least two police officers were among those shot. Police on the scene said one is a D.C. Metropolitan Police officer who was shot twice in the leg and was evacuated to a hospital. The other was a base officer.
There are believed to be as many as three gunman, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said at a news conference. One of the gunmen was killed but possibly two other gunmen were believed to be hiding inside the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command.
One suspect was described as a white male last seen around 8:45 a.m. wearing a khaki tan military uniform with a beret. He was believed to be armed with a handgun.
The second suspect was a man in his 50’s, believed to be wearing olive drab and armed with a long gun.
“One shooter is deceased,” Lanier said.
“The big concern is we potentially have two other shooters that we have not located at this point,” she said.
The FBI, which is leading the investigation, believes the gunman used the identification of a man who used to work at Navy yard, reported Pete Williams of NBC News. It was found next to his body in Building 197, where most of the victims were shot on the fhird and fourth floors.
People with proper badges are allowed to enter Navy Yard without having their bags checked, Williams reported.
Ten public and charter school and a public school administration building in the District were placed on lockdown as a precaution, and flights out of Reagan national Airport were briefly halted, causing delays even after they began departing again.
Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the chief of Naval operations and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was safely evacuated to the Pentagon said Cmdr. Ryan Perry, a Navy spokesman, said.
Police closed the 11th Street Bridge and M Street SE between 2nd and 4th streets SE because of the shooting. Entrances to the Navy Yard Metro station were open.
U.S. Capitol Police said they increased security at the Capitol but indicated there was no immediate threat.
“We do know that several people have been shot, and some have been killed,” President Barack Obama said. “So we are confronting yet another mass shooting, and today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital. It’s a shooting that targeted military and civilian personnel. These are men and women going to work, doing their job protecting all of us. They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they faced the unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home.”
Obama continues to get frequent briefings about the deadly shooting from senior aides. The White House says Obama directed his team to stay in touch with the Navy, FBI and local officials as the events unfold.
The Navy yard is located in southeast Washing on the Anacostia River. The Navy says 3,000 people work inside the building, including command staff, headquarters directorates and field activities. They coordinate the Naval Sea Systems Command, or NAVSEA, the largest of the Navy’s five system commands.
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