Several people were shot and seven people have been confirmed dead after a shooter opened fire at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard early Monday morning.
According the law enforcement officials one gunman was killed at the scene, but police are searching for two other possible shooters.
The slain gunman was described as a “tall Black guy” by witnesses, and D.C. officials say the shooting was not a terrorist attack, but rather connected to the naval facility.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said in a mid-day news conference that one of the suspected shooters is dead, while authorities are looking for two other possible suspects wearing military style clothing.
“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.
Lanier described one of the possible shooters as a white male wearing what appeared to be a khaki tan military uniform and a beret, and carrying a handgun. She said police also are looking for a black man, about 50, wearing an olive military-style uniform, and possessing a “long gun.”
Authorities have confirmed at least seven fatalities, including the shooter. The dead shooter had an assault rifle and a handgun, two law enforcement officials said. One said he also had a shotgun.
At least two police officers were among those shot. Police on the scene said one is a D.C. Metropolitan Police officer who was shot twice in the leg and was evacuated to a hospital. Lanier said he was in stable condition after engaging the shooter with gunfire. The other was a base officer. The D.C. officer, a male, was conscious at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and his chances for survival were good, hospital officials said.
Janis Orlowski, the chief medical officer at Washington Hospital Center, said three victims in all were brought to the center, all in critical condition but alert, responsive and able to talk with doctors. The victims were also able to speak briefly to law enforcement officers before undergoing surgery or treatment, she said.
The other two victims at the hospital were female civilians, Orlowski said at a press conference. All are likely to survive.
…The U.S. Navy said that three shots were fired around 8:20 a.m. at Building 197, where about 3,000 people work.
Schools in the area were placed on lockdown and flights out of Washington D.C.’s Reagan National Airport were briefly suspended after the shooting. President Obama has been briefed on the situation and told reporters his thoughts and prayers are with the victims. He also vowed his Administration would aid in the investigation in any way possible.
“I’ve made it clear to my team that we want the investigation to be seamless, so that local and federal authorities are working together,” Mr. Obama said.