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At Least 12 Fatalities in DC Navy Yard Shooting - Police

A male police officer and two civilian women are in critical conditions, but have “very good” chances for survival.

Washington Navy Yard
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(WASHINGTON DC RT) - Two of the three shooters, who went on a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast DC, may be still at large, police said, adding that one gunman has been killed. At least 12 other people have died in the attack.

“The big concern for us right now is that we have potentially two other shooters that we have not located at this point,” D.C. Police Chief, Cathy Lanier, said.

The police are still looking for a white male with a hand gun, with another being an African-American man in his 50s, armed with a long gun.

Both shooters were wearing “military style uniforms” during the rampage, the DC police spokesman said.

The police said it’s too early to talk about the number of victims only saying that there were “multiple fatalities.”

Meanwhile, two Navy officials told AP that at least six people have died in a shooting. Four other people, including at least one police officer, were reportedly wounded in the attack.

Police respond to the report of a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, September 16, 2013.
(AFP Photo / Saul Loeb)

The spokeswoman for the MedStar Washington Hospital Center said that it has received three gunshot victims from the Navy Yard.

A male police officer and two civilian women are in critical conditions, but have “very good” chances for survival. The victims said that shots from semi-automatic guns were fired at them, the she added.

“I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the shooting this morning at the Navy Yard. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Ray Mabus, US Navy Secretary, said in a statement.

A helicopter lifts a person off the roof as police respond to the report of a shooting at the Navy Yard in
Washington, Dc on September 16, 2013.(AFP Photo / Saul Loeb)

Some witnesses said a gunman opened fire from the fourth floor, aiming down on people in the first-floor cafeteria. The others said a shooter fired at them in a third-floor hallway. It’s not clear if the witnesses on different floors were describing the same suspect.

After going on a rampage, the gunmen have reportedly barricaded themselves in one of the rooms where they were cornered by the police.

Emergency vehicles and law enforcement personnel respond to a reported shooting at an entrance to the
Washington Navy Yard September 16, 2013 in Washington, DC.(AFP Photo / Alex Wong)

Hundreds of police officers and FBI agents were involved in the manhunt. Fire and emergency crews also responded to the scene. A “shelter in place” order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel, the Navy said.

The area around the Navy Yard was cordoned, schools were on lockdown and planes at nearby Reagan National Airport were briefly grounded so they wouldn’t interfere with law enforcement helicopters.



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Luke September 21, 2013 6:01 am (Pacific time)

Chicago? Exactly! Isn't Jesse Jackson's HQ in Chicago? Yeah! However, no word from Jesse or Al or the Urban League or the NAACP, Stevie Wonder... George Zimmerman still being at the top of their list. George who? Yeah, exactly. Saw Arsenio Hall this week talking about how much he hates George Zimmerman. Since the Trayvon shooting over 2,000 Blacks have been killed by other Blacks in this country with thousands more being wounded in senseless gun violence. Heck, there were 20 shootings Labor Day weekend leaving 8 dead in the Windy City & politicians are excited because homicides are down 20% from last year. Go figure.

LanceThruster September 20, 2013 2:27 pm (Pacific time)

My first reaction is always the need for much better mental health care. Remove the obstacles and stigma and help people get the treatment they need. The life we save may one day be our own. That being said, the meds themselves are often blamed for the breakdown, but I think it is equally possible that certain meds help prevent/delay such actions by people with 'broken brains.' Either way, we need to understand the conditions better and have far better pathways for treatment and flagging potentially dangerous/vulnerable individuals.

Anonymous September 18, 2013 1:35 pm (Pacific time)

Ralph what kind of "Gun Control Laws" outside of confiscation would have stopped this shooting? Note: About this many are killed on a typical weekend in Chicago, but little national coverage. Washington DC already has very stringent gun laws that certainly would not get passed on a national level, nor in the majority of states, except maybe California as it drifts further into the progressive abyss. So what do you suggest? Also keep in mind that firearm owners are pretty savvy, not like the low-info voters that do not own guns...and the congress knows that. The NRA did not defeat those state senators in Colorado, and the gun-grabbers outspent the activists several times over, it was the voters. Liberals simply fail to grasp that the voters will not stand to have their rights ignored by the elitist few. Hell NYC mayor Bloomberg, Diane Feinstein, etc., are surrounded by private security, and we know it. To call them hypocritical is pretty obvious. Most of these gun-grabber leaders have a direct DNA connection to the Marxists who killed tens of millions in the Soviet Union, as well as those who own the majority of the media...suffice they control the information narrative in many areas.

Ralph E. Stone September 18, 2013 7:00 am (Pacific time)

In the aftermath of the Washington Navy Yard shootings, there will again be calls for federal gun control legislation. But such efforts again will be doomed because too many legislators are overly responsive to the National Rifle Association lobby, in tandem with gunmakers and importers, military sympathizers, and far-right organizations. And after all the sound and fury is over, the cycle of killings, hand wringing, and mourning will continue ad infinitum.

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