A shooter at the Washington, DC Navy Yard injured several people when he opened fire this morning, hitting at least two police officers in the onslaught. The shooter is reportedly “still on the grounds” and has entrenched himself in a barricaded room, according to a spokesperson for the DC police. Workers heard shots beginning around 8:20 a.m.
FBI, police, and SWAT response units found two victims inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, and a third on the same building’s roof. The DC fire department also reports a fourth victim outside the Command Headquarters. At least one injured person has been airlifted from the scene.
Update, 9:56 a.m.: One shooter is reportedly a black male, 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, wearing a black shirt and black hat. Authorities say he may have several weapons with him where he barricaded himself:
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Three victims are in critical condition currently. There could, however, be as many as 10 victims:
Washington Post: At least 3 people in critical condition from shooting at U.S. Navy Yard
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NBC’s Washington affiliate, WRC, now saying “at least 10 people” have been wounded in the Navy Yard shooting. No named source. — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 16, 2013
Update, 10:30 a.m: Reports from the Washington Post indicate that there are three shooters, one of whom was gunned down by police. Two more remain active:
“One of the shooters is ‘down,’ police said, but two remain in a building on the grounds. One of the shooters at large is dressed in fatigues. At least one has a long gun, police said.”
Officials say the number of injured people has climbed to 12, with four having died from their injuries:
Update, 11:45 a.m.: CNN reports that US Navy officials say two shooters “are down.” The AP reports that one shooter has been gunned down.
Update, 1:30 p.m.: There apparently is “kinda” a manhunt underway for the second shooter, according to HuffPo:
Update, 2:15 p.m.: DC Mayor Vincent Grey reported 12 fatalities at a recent press conference. No motive is currently known:
No known motive for #NavyYardShooting. Updated # dead: 12. FBI has taken over investigation, still looking for 2 other possible shooters.
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