Navy Yard Shooter Dead After Fatal Incident (LIVE UPDATES)
The Huffington Post | Posted: 09/16/2013 12:12 pm EDT | Updated: 09/16/2013 12:34 pm EDT
Officials say at least one shooter has died at the Washington Navy Yard, according to the AP. Several people were killed and as many as 10 were wounded during a shooting that began early Monday morning.
District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed that the shooter has been killed during a press conference. She also said one officer was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a shooter.
The Senate sergeant at arms has sent a full lockdown memo to the Senate offices.
The memo is below:
In light of the uncertainty surrounding the shooting at the Navy Yard this morning and particularly the possibility of suspects remaining at large, we have decided to lock down the Senate complex. You may move about the building; however, for the next two hours you may not leave nor can anyone enter the building. This will be in effect until we deem the situation safe in the neighboring community. We do not have any information to suggest the Senate, its Members, or staff are in any danger, but out of an abundance of caution, we feel this is the best course of action to keep everyone safe. This is being done in consultation with Chief Kim Dine, U.S. Capitol Police. Additional information will be shared at 5:00 p.m.
— Sam Stein
The Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves will not play tonight, as the stadium is very close to the site of the shooting.
The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow as a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
— Luke Johnson
Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas, has been identified as the shooter at the Navy Yards, three outlets are now reporting.
The Huffington Post reached out to the police department for confirmation, but officials there were not confirming names as of 3:00 p.m. Monday.
Earlier in the day, NBC News and CBS identified another suspect as the shooter. That report turned out to be wrong and the two news stations retracted their stories.
The Huffington Post will continue to try and independently confirm Alexis’ involvement in the shooting.
Sergeant at Arms Terry Gainer tells NBC News he has recommended to Senate leadership a “shelter in place” at Capitol
Stuck In The Food CourtNavy Yard employee Gerritt tweeted a picture of the scene from the Navy Yard food court where he is on lockdown:
Players cleared to go to Nats Park after Navy Yard shootings-game status still unclear- told they can come to the stadium on a certain route
The white male in the tan outfit has been identified and is not a suspect or person of interest.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) addressed the mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., in a floor speech Monday. A transcript is below:
We’re all thinking about today’s tragic shootings at the Navy Yard, about the victims and their families. The men and women in our military courageously put their lives on the line in many dangerous places around the world. It’s painful for all of us to think about them having to worry about their safety when they come home, too.Many people in the area — and across the country — will be directly affected by this terrible tragedy. We pray for all of them.
These kinds of incidents always remind us how fragile life is. They also remind those of us who work in and around the Capitol how much we owe to all the men and women who work so hard to keep us safe each and every day.
So I want to take this opportunity to thank Terry Gainer and his team, and Chief [Kim] Dine and the entire Capitol Police force, for all they do day in and day out. And for everyone else who is helping work through this tragedy — the first responders and medical personnel, the D.C. police — I want you to know one thing: We are thankful for your hard work and sacrifice.
Everyone is deeply grateful, especially on days like this.
— Sabrina Siddiqui
A panoramic photo shows M Street and Half Street SE to the right, and the entrance to the Navy Yard metro station on the left. Fans going to the game tonight would stream out towards the stadium down the street. On the left is a look down towards the police presence outside Navy Yard and DOT headquarters.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Monday the Senate would be in recess in light of the Navy Yard shooting. Votes scheduled for Monday evening were postponed to Tuesday morning. The Nevada Democrat expressed his condolences for victims in remarks on the Senate floor and thanked first responders at the scene.
At least 12 people have died in the Navy Yard shootings this morning, Mayor Vincent Gray said during his second press briefing on Monday.
“It doesn’t get much more serious than this,” said a sullen-looking Gray. He added that one officer was injured but that “he’s gonna be fine.”
There was no known motive at this stage, Gray added, and no reason to think it’s a terrorist threat.
“We don’t know for certain whether there are other shooters,” said Gray. “We’re continuing to engage in that investigation.”
Some fast food joints are still open by the Navy Yard. Subway is open; Five Guys is open. A few dozen mostly reporters are milling about on the streets. But Starbucks, for one, is not risking anything.
HuffPost just asked a Metropolitan Police officer whether, as reports suggest, a manhunt is underway for two more suspects believed to be involved in the Navy Yard shooting. The officer answered “kind of.” He declined to give his name.
Indeed, first responders and police officers were spotted in line at a Subway sandwich shop less than a block from police security tape near New Jersey Avenue, SE. Helicopters still hovered close overhead, but some local businesses were open.
The scene was very different from a 24-hour manhunt this April in Boston for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In that scenario, an entire neighborhood was shut down as heavily armed SWAT teams searched house-to-house.
A photo from Parking Lot B, taken at 12:12 p.m. Tables are being set up for people to reunite with loved ones.