13 Killed in Shooting Rampage at Washington, D.C., Navy Yard


At least one shooter dressed in a military style uniform shot scores of people at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard today, killing at least 13 of them, the Washington Post reports. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that the primary suspect is dead. Despite initial reports that a total of two or three shooters might be involved, it was not clear by mid-afternoon whether there was more than a lone gunman. The dead suspect was identified by the FBI as Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas. One official said he was a military contractor.

A Washington, D.C., police officer was among the people shot, but was not killed. The officer was shot near a room where one gunman barricaded himself. The U.S. Navy said shots were fired around 8:20 a.m. at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building, where about 3,000 people work. One employee who declined to give his name said he heard “blam, blam” inside one of the buildings, then someone pulled the fire alarm. The Navy Yard is a secure facility in the capital’s southeast quadrant near the Washington Nationals baseball park. The Nationals postponed until tomorrow their scheduled game tonight against the Atlanta Braves.

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