Live blog: 1 suspect dead after Washington Navy Yard shootingPosted: September 16, 2013
Shots were fired Monday inside the U.S. Navy Yard, injuring several people, according to the Navy and a Washington police spokesman. The incident began about 8:20 a.m. ET when several shots were fired inside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in the southeast portion of the capital. The injured included a Washington, D.C., police officer who has been hospitalized, and another law officer not affiliated with the city force, a police spokesman said.
[Updated at 1:21 p.m.] In announcing that three shooting victims transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center are expected to survive, Janis Orlowski, the chief medical officer, said there were other “individuals at the scene who will not be transported because they are deceased.”
The other three victims – one of whom was shot in the shoulder and another who was shot in the head – were transported via helicopter and were alert and responsive.
“They do have severe injuries, but we’ve been able to speak with all of them,” Orlowski said. “They’ve not been able to give us any information about what happened to them.”
The police officer who was among the wounded is in surgery for an injury involving “bones and blood vessels of the lower legs,” Orlowski said.
[Updated at 1:07 p.m. ET] “We have no information to believe that either of those folks are military personnel, but we do have information that those individuals are wearing military-style clothing,” Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier says.
[Updated at 1:04 p.m. ET] Police are still looking for a white man and a black man in military-style clothing, according to Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
[Updated at 12:57 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama says to remember the victims as the investigation unfolds:
[Updated at 12:54 p.m. ET] A police officer and his canine inspect vehicles at a parking lot outside the Washington Navy Yard.
[Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama says the country will stand with the victim’s families:
[Updated at 12:48 p.m. ET] Police have released another description of a suspect in the shooting:
[Updated at 12:46 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama lamented that the U.S. is “confronting another mass shooting” and called for a seamless investigation involving federal agencies and the military.
[Updated at 12:41 p.m. ET] The Washington police have tweeted a reminder to family members concerned about their loved ones:
[Updated at 12:40 p.m. ET] Obama vows the people responsible for the shooting will be held accountable, as the White House tweets this:
[Updated at 12:39 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama describes the Navy Yard shooting as a “cowardly” act “that targeted military and civilian personnel.” He also notes that several people have been shot, some of them fatally.
[Updated at 12:36 p.m. ET] Public schools will remain on lock-down for now:
[Updated at 12:34 p.m. ET] The Washington police chief discusses the possibility of additional shooters:
[Updated at 12:30 p.m ET] A man in his 60s who arrived at George Washington University Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left temple was pronounced dead upon arrival, said hospital spokeswoman Jen Rizzo.
More patients are arriving, she said, and the hospital can handle four or five more critically injured patients and 20 with non-critical injuries. It’s not clear how many more are coming, she said.
[Updated at 12:22 p.m. ET] Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier also confirms an earlier report of “multiple” fatalities.
[Updated 12:21 p.m. ET] There are “potentially” two other shooters being sought in connection with the Navy Yard shootings, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier says, confirming one suspect is dead inside Building 197.
[Updated at 12:19 p.m. ET] An update from Pentagon press secretary George Little:
[Updated at 12:16 p.m. ET] The Pentagon Force Protection Agency has “increased its security posture, not out of a specific threat, but as a proactive, precautionary measure related to the ongoing incident at the Navy Yard.”
This means more officers at Pentagon entrances armed with automatic weapons, according to Lt. Col. Tom Crosson, a Pentagon spokesman. The Department of Defense has also halted its shuttle services between the Pentagon, the Navy Yard and nearby Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
[Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET] If you missed it, here’s the hospital news conference from from a few minutes ago.
[Updated at 12:06 p.m. ET] Another witness describes what she saw at the Navy Yard.
[Updated at 12:04 p.m. ET] If you need your bearings, here’s a map of the area:
[Updated at 11:58 a.m. ET] Paul Williams, who works at a nearby nonprofit, was headed to his office when he witnessed panic coming from the Navy Yard.
“I had my headphones in, so I didn’t know what was going on,” Williams, 29, told CNN. “I was listening to music, but I heard four rapid bangs – bang, bang, bang, bang.”
At first, he thought it was construction noise – something common in the area – but less than a minute later, he saw what he estimated to be hundreds of people coming toward him.
“I didn’t know what was happening. I just ran with them,” Williams said, adding, “Everyone seemed scared. People were crying. People were being consoled and calling loved ones and family.”
[Updated at 11:53 a.m. ET] One suspected shooter is dead, a senior Navy official tells CNN
[Updated at 11:51 a.m. ET] The Navy has issued two phone numbers for family members looking for loved ones.
[Updated at 11:48 a.m. ET] Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has issued two remarks via Twitter:
[Updated at 11:46 a.m. ET] A man and two women were admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with “severe injuries” from multiple gunshot wounds, said chief medical officer Janis Orlowski, adding that the injuries do not appear life-threatening.
[Updated at 11:42 a.m. ET] As authorities work to clear Building 197, where the shootings happened, to ensure there are no additional shooters, Naval District Washington spokesman Ed Zeigler says that the two injured police officer are not among the fatalities reported earlier.
[Updated at 11:37 a.m. ET] The top Navy officer, Adm. Jonathan Greenart, tells CNN he was evacuated from his residence at the Navy Yard when the shooting began.
[Updated at 11:36 a.m. ET] “Multiple” people have been killed in the shooting, Naval District Washington spokesman Ed Zeigler says.
[Updated at 11:34 a.m. ET] Two suspected shooters “are down” at the Washington Navy Yard, according to Naval District Washington spokesman Ed Zeigler.
[Updated at 11:31 a.m. ET] Helicopters are hovering over the scene, and it appears one chopper contains a police sniper.
[Updated at 11:21 a.m. ET] Witnesses describe what they saw and heard.
[Updated at 11:18 a.m. ET] The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is dispatching the same special response team used to take the Boston Marathon bomber into custody, said law enforcement official Even Perez.
About 20 specially trained agents, accompanied by an armored vehicle, will work with local authorities when they arrive on the scene. ATF agents are already on the perimeter, engaged in the investigation, the ATF says.
[Updated at 11:12 a.m. ET] Pentagon spokesman George Little says he believes “there has been loss of life,” but he would not say how many people are believed dead.
[Updated at 11:07 a.m. ET] Local police have issued a statement for those concerned about their loved ones.
[Updated at 11:05 a.m. ET] Heavily armed SWAT officers were seen escorting people from the building where shots were fired.
[Updated at 10:58 a.m. ET] Two witnesses tell CNN affiliate WJLA they heard their building’s fire alarm go off and saw a man with a rifle as they exited the building.
“He aimed the gun and fired our way,” Todd Brundidge told the station. “I couldn’t believe it.”
People frantically tried to escape the building, he said. “They were pushing. They were shoving. People were falling down.”
[Updated at 10:51 a.m. ET] At least six Washington-area schools are on lock-down following the shooting, the public school system tweeted.
[Updated at 10:50 a.m. ET] In addition to the injured Washington, D.C., officer, a base security guard was also injured, said Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Saray Leon.
[Updated at 10:48 a.m. ET] About 3,000 people work at the Naval Sea Systems Command’s headquarters, the Navy says.
[Updated at 10:46 a.m. ET] At least 10 people have been injured in the shooting, according to police, and the U.S. Navy has issued a statement saying there are“several injuries with reports of fatalities.”
[Updated at 10:43 a.m. ET] The suspect in the shooting is a 6-foot tall, bald black male of medium complexion, wearing a black shirt and jeans, said D.C. Metropolitan Police spokesman Chris Kelly.
[Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET] Counterterrorism officials have briefed President Barack Obama “several times” about the shooting, a White House official says.
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