FROM WJLA: Washington Navy Yard shooting: Aaron Alexis identified as shooter
Seven victims identified by police:
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — 13 people, including a gunman, died and eight others were injured after a shooting at Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning.
The identities of seven out of the thirteen victims were released after a press conference on Monday night. Seven of the 13 victims in this tragedy are:
•Michael Arnold, 59
•Sylvia Frasier, 53
•Kathy Gaarde, 62
•John Roger Johnson, 73
•Frank Kohler, 50
•Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46
•Vishnu Pandit, 61
Officials said at this point none of the victims have been identified as active-duty military personnel. All of them victims were civilian or contractors.
Officials still continue to notify the families of the remaining 5 victims.
Shooting incident in Seattle was no impediment for Navy to issue the killer a security clearance for Navy Yard
In 2004, he was arrested in Seattle for shooting the tires of someone’s car during an anger-fueled ‘blackout’.
‘He said that he didn’t remember pulling the trigger of his firearm until about one hour later,’ according to the Seattle police report.
Later he said that he felt the intended victim ‘disrespected him’
Firing a gun into neighbor’s apartment was no impediment to gaining a security clearance to work on internet of Marines and Navy for Hewlett-Packard at Navy Yard
Gunman was Navy reservist
From NBC4 Washington:
At least 12 people are dead after a shooting Monday morning in a heavily secured building at the D.C. Navy Yard, and authorities now say they have identified the gunman.
That gunman, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, is among the 12 dead. Officials said he recently began working as a civilian contractor.
The FBI, which now 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. The ID was found next to his body in Building 197, where most of the victims were shot on the third and fourth floors.
People with proper badges are allowed to enter Navy Yard without having their bags checked, Williams reported.
Hard evidence now points to one gunman, the one who was shot and killed, Williams reported. According to sources, the way that the investigators were able to narrow down to just one gunman was by tracking the paths of the other possible suspected gunmen through the building and realized that no harm resulted from their movements.
Mayor of DC says 12 dead in DC Navy Yard shooting
One suspected shooter has been ruled out as being involved, the white male suspect was a security person…
Coast Guard shuts down Anacostia near Navy Yard…Coast Guard establishes safety, security zone in response to shooter at Washington Navy Yard
BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard captain of the port has established a temporary safety and security zone Monday in response to a report of a shooter at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
The safety and security zone will be in effect for an undetermined amount of time and will limit all navigation on the Anacostia River from Haines Point to the John Philip Sousa Bridge.
Entering or operating in the security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the captain of the port of Baltimore. Vessels already at berth, mooring or anchor are not required to depart the security zone.
“This zone is necessary to safeguard persons and property from events unfolding at the Washington Navy Yard,” said Lt. Cmdr. Richard Armstrong, the chief of Incident Management at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those persons and families involved in today’s incident.”
from Maryland, including medevac helicopters.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said one gunman in the Navy Yard shooting is dead. But she said there are potentially
two additional shooters on the loose.
She said one of the potential additional shooters is described as a white male in a khaki tan military uniform who was armed with a handgun. He was last seen at about 8:30 a.m. (NOW RULED OUT AS SUSPECT)
A second potential shooter is described as a black male in his 50s, also armed and wearing a military-style uniform.
Lanier said one MPD officer was shot and wounded by the shooter. He suffered gunshot wounds to his legs. A base officer was also wounded in the shooting.
Gray said a motive is still unknown in the rampage. He added that that terrorism can’t be ruled out but said he has no reason to believe the shooting is terrorism-related.
“We had a horrific tragedy,” said Gray. “This is an isolated incident and an active investigation.”
The shooting began at about 8:20 a.m. at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command on Isaac Hull Avenue on the grounds of the historic Navy Yard.
At least three of those wounded were taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, including the D.C. police officer. All of those victims are expected to survive.
Officials at George Washington University Hospital say, though, that one of the victims taken to their facility died after a gunshot wound to the temple.
The shooting incident has caused several commuter issues, including the closure of the 11th Street Bridge.
A number of District of Columbia schools, both public and private, remain on lockdown as the investigation into the shooting continues.
The following D.C. schools are on lockdown: Amidon-Bowen Elementary, Brent Elementary School, Eastern High School, Eliot-Hine Middle School, Jefferson Academy, Tyler Elementary School and Van Ness Administrative Building.
Family members of Washington Navy Yard employees who want information on the shooting can call 202-433-6151.
Witnesses recount shooting
Rick Mason, a program management analyst who is a civilian with the U.S. Navy, said a gunman was shooting from a fourth floor overlook in the hallway outside his office. He said the gunman was aiming down at people in the building’s cafeteria on the first floor. Mason said he could hear the shots but could not see a gunman.
Shortly after the gunfire, Mason said overhead speakers told workers to seek shelter and later to head for the gates at the complex.
Patricia Ward, a logistics management specialist, said she was in the cafeteria and heard shots. They sounded like “pop, pop, pop,” she said. After a few seconds, there were more shots, she said.
“Everybody just panicked at first,” she said. “It was just people running, running, running.”
Ward said security officers started directing people out of the building with guns drawn.
Cmdr. Tim Jirus was standing next to a colleague having a conversation when his colleague was shot.
“I saw him drop in front of me (and) I left at that point,” Jirus said. “I ran behind the building and jumped behind a fence.”
Commander Jirus said he didn’t see the shooter and only heard shots.
“I feel very lucky to be standing here as opposed to somewhere else,” he said.
President Obama calls victims “courageous Americans”
President Barack Obama is mourning what he called “yet another mass shooting” in the United States that he says took the life of American patriots.
Obama promised to make sure, quote, “whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible.”
He said several people were shot Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard about 3 1/2 miles from the White House, and some were killed.
He said the victims were “courageous Americans” who knew about the risks of serving overseas, but wouldn’t have expected such “unimaginable violence” at home.
Naval Sea Systems Command is the largest of the Navy’s five system commands and accounts for a quarter of the Navy’s entire budget.
It builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships and submarines and their combat systems.
Officials say 3,000 people work in the building, where authorities are still looking for the shooter.
This is a developing story. More to come. The Associated Press contributed to this report.