Three shooters in military-style uniforms reportedly kill at least 6 at Navy Yard, two gunmen still at large
By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
At least seven people are now dead after as many as three shooters dressed in military-style uniforms opened fire at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard Monday, according to police.
One of the suspected gunmen is now dead, according to D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, and two of the suspected shooters have not been captured. Six others were killed, according to authorities.
“The big concern for us right now is that we have potentially two other shooters that we have not located at this point,” Lanier said at a mid-day news conference.
Police say they are looking for two suspects wearing green and tan military-style clothing, according to The Washington Post.
One suspect is a white male wearing what looked like a khaki tan military uniform and beret, armed with a handgun. The other is a black male around 50-years-old wearing an olive military-style uniform, armed with a “long gun,” according to the Post.
At least two police officers were shot by the gunmen, according to police.
One of those shot, a D.C. Metropolitan Police officer, was shot in the leg twice and evacuated to a hospital.
The officer is reportedly in stable condition after he exchanged gunfire with one of the shooters.
The other officer shot was a base officer. A total of three victims were evacuated to the Washington Hospital Center, where all remain alert and responsive, though they are reportedly in critical condition.
The Washington Navy Yard where the incident occurred is a ceremonial and administrative center for the U.S. Navy, housing the Chief of Naval Operations, headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command, the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Naval Reactors, Marine Corps Institute and other classified facilities.
The shooting reportedly began at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building 197, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The WSJ points out that initial reports stated that there was only one gunman. Lanier, however, said that there “may be two additional suspects in addition to the dead suspect” during the press conference.
Investigators are currently searching a “large area” of D.C. to locate the individuals, according to Lanier.
Police are not clear if the two suspects were indeed connected to the military in some way or if they were only dressed in military-style clothing.
President Barack Obama condemned the shooting as a “cowardly act” and vowed that federal and local law enforcement would work together to hold those responsible accountable for their actions, according to Politico.
“We are confronting yet another mass shooting, and today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital,” Obama said.
Local ABC affiliate WJLA reports the following D.C. schools 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.
UPDATE: At least nine people are now reported dead, according to the Post.
UPDATE 2: The Post has reported that 12 people are now known to be dead.
UPDATE 3: 13 people are now reported dead. ABC News reports that city officials have confirmed that it was in fact a lone gunman, Aaron Alexis, a contractor from Fort Worth, Texas.
UPDATE 4: Alexis reportedly used an AR-15 to carry out the shooting. He was also reportedly armed with a shotgun and handgun.
More to come as information becomes available.
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