Navy Yard Shooting: 13 Dead in Rampage, 1 Shooter Dead, Another at Large
Gunmen at a major Navy hub in Washington, D.C. shot over a dozen people on Monday, killing at least 13 and injuring others.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier reported one shooter was fatally shot and another potential shooter is at large.
The potential shooter is an African American male in his 50s wearing an olive, collared, possible military-style uniform. He is believed to have a long gun.
The deceased had a double-barreled rifle.
Mayor Vincent Gray said he has been in touch with Washington on the shooter situation at the Navy Yards. He said in a 4 p.m. press conference that 13 peopel are dead.
Building 197 was fully evacuated and police moved into a second building, according to reports. Employees are now reuniting with their loved ones.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center reported during a press conference that the center is treating three of the injured who all have “very good” chances of surviving. “It’s a very fluid situation, we really are just going minute by minute right now,” a hospital official said.
One of the wounded is the D.C. police officer whose legs were injured. A woman has a gunshot wound to the shoulder. A young woman has gunshot wounds to the head and hand. They have all spoken with law enforcement and loved ones before being transported to the operating rooms.
From reports of the victims, it had to be a semi-automatic that was used, the hospital official said, because they heard shots in rapid succession.
Witnesses who were working in the building and escaped spoke of the chaos that followed a fire alarm in the building. Fire wardens came running to tell people it wasn’t a drill and they should exit the building immediately, recalled employee Terry Durham.
She was exiting the building when a gunman came around the corner holding what looked like a rifle and fired at the group of employees she was with. The shots hit above their heads, she said. Another employee, Todd Brundidge, who was in the same group said, “You go to work, you never think something like this is going to happen.”
The first shots were fired around 8:20 a.m. at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters. About 3,000 people work in the building.
The Naval Sea Systems Command is a major hub for housing and maintaining combat systems and ships. A quarter of the Navy’s entire budget goes to the Naval Sea Systems Command.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in a statement: “I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the shooting this morning at the Navy Yard. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I have complete confidence in our first responders, and I continue to be completely focused on this very difficult situation.”
Family members of Washington Navy Yard employees are now meeting their loved ones at the Nationals Stadium Parking Lot B, South Capitol & N Street SE. Family members looking for information about their loved ones can contact the Warfighter and Family Support Center at 202-433-6151 or 202-433-9713.
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