- Category: U.S.
- Published on Monday, 16 September 2013 20:20
- Written by Russ Jones, Christian News Service
13 are confirmed dead, including the shooter, and several others wounded in a shooting at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington D.C.
Fox News confirmed that Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old from Fort Worth, Texas and former civilian contractor as the dead shooter.
Witnesses report three shooters dressed in military style uniforms began shooting about 8:20am EST. Located about a mile from Capital Hill and 2.6 miles from the White House, police and members of the FBI are engaged in a massive manhunt searching for the other shooters.
"We all know this is a horrific tragedy,” said Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray. “We can't remember one quite like this here in the District of Columbia. My heart goes out to the families thinking they were going to work today on behalf of the nation.”
The military installation houses the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, which is the largest of the navy’s five system commands. The facility builds, buys and maintains the navy’s ships and submarines and their combat systems.
Roughly 3,000 people who work inside the yard have been directed to stay in place as helicopters airlift workers to safety. D.C. public schools have put eight schools and an administrative building on lockdown as a precaution.
“The rest of the city is not in lockdown mode like those close to the scene,” said Seth Price, founding and managing partner of Price Benowitz LLP, a 20- lawyer law firm headquartered in Washington D.C. “Buses are running and people are out and about.”
The Washington Nationals postponed its Monday' night game vs. the Atlanta Braves in the wake of the shootings near Nationals Park.
Police say there is no known motivate for the shooting spree at this stage of the investigation.