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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:01 am

Navy spokesman: 2 suspects 'down' after deadly shooting at Naval Yard
By Tom Cohen, CNN
updated 11:48 AM EDT, Mon September 16, 2013
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
NEW: A police sniper peers out of a helicopter above
NEW: The ATF sends a team of special agents to the scene
Two law officers are among 10 injured in the Navy Yard shootings
Authorities say an "active shooter" is in the building

Washington (CNN) -- [Breaking news update at 11 a.m. Monday]
Three patients -- one man and two women -- admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center had multiple gunshot wounds, resulting in "severe injuries," chief medical officer Janis Orlowski said Monday. The injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, she said.
[Breaking news update at 11 a.m. Monday]
Two suspected shooters "are down" at the Washington Navy Yard, according to Ed Zeigler, director of Public Affairs for Naval District Washington. Zeigler was not able to confirm whether the suspected gunmen had been taken into custody or killed.
"Multiple" people have been killed in the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Zeigler told CNN's Dan Merica.
[Original story, posted at 11 a.m. Monday]
10 people injured at Navy Yard; Pentagon 'believes there has been loss of life'
(CNN) -- A gunman dressed in all black fired shots Monday inside the U.S. Navy Yard, injuring at least 10 people, according to the Navy and a Washington police spokesman.
"We believe there has been loss of life and several injuries," Pentagon spokesman George Little said. The Navy tweeted there are "several confirmed injuries with reports of fatalities."
An "active shooter" remained inside the building, the Navy said.
Helicopters hovered overhead as police with riot and SWAT team gear swarmed the scene. In one chopper, there appeared to be a police sniper peering out, with a scope at the ready.
Witness: 'He aimed his gun at us' and fired
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent a team of about 20 special agents to the scene, a law enforcement official said. The team was the same group that helped apprehend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the official said.
The injured included a Washington police officer who has been hospitalized, and a base security guard officer, said Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Saray Leon.
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The incident occurred at 8:20 a.m. when several shots were fired inside the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command in southeast Washington.
Police spokesman Chris Kelly described the suspect as an adult male, about 6 feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black jeans.
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Two witnesses told CNN affiliate WJLA that they heard a fire alarm go off in the building where they worked, then saw a man with a rifle down the hallway as they exited the building.
"He aimed the gun and fired our way," a man who identified himself as Todd Brundidge told WJLA, adding, "I couldn't believe it."
People frantically tried to run out of the building, Brundidge said.
"Everyone was going down the stairs. They were pushing. They were shoving. People were falling down," he told WJLA. "As we came outside, people were climbing the wall trying to get over the wall to get out of the spaces. It was just crazy."
Emergency personnel, the FBI, U.S. Capitol Police and local D.C. police responded to the shooting, shutting down traffic in the area on the District's south side along the Anacostia River. Some people are being evacuated, and others are sheltering in place.
At least six schools were on lockdown as a precaution, the Washington public schools said in a Twitter post.
Air traffic to Reagan National Airport in northern Virginia, the closest airport to downtown Washington, was suspended but later resumed, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
A White House statement said President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation.
The headquarters -- the workplace for about 3,000 people -- is the largest of the Navy's five system commands. It has a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion.
"With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems," the Navy said.
The Washington Navy Yard -- the Navy's oldest land establishment -- was created in 1799 following an act of Congress, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. Originally envisioned as a shipbuilding and fitting facility on the Anacostia River, it serviced some of the Navy's most famous early vessels, including the USS Constitution.
Burned during the War of 1812, the Navy Yard was transformed into a center for ordnance and technological development. The facility was the world's largest ordnance plant during World War II, but its military role steadily diminished during the Cold War era.
Today, the Navy Yard includes the headquarters of Naval District Washington and is home to a naval museum. The area around the facility has been marked in recent years by significant commercial and residential revitalization.

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:03 am

At least 2 gunmen 'down' in D.C. Navy Yard shooting
By HLNtv.com Staff
updated 11:48 AM EDT, Mon September 16, 2013

At least 10 wounded in shooting, including two law enforcement officers
Six schools placed on lockdown
At least 2 gunmen 'down' in D.C. Navy Yard shooting
Two suspects involved in a shooting that left 10 people wounded at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. "are down," according to a Navy official.

Ed Zeigler, spokesman for the Naval District of Washington, would not say whether the suspects were in custody or shot by law enforcement officials.

Authorities say shots were fired around 8:20 a.m. ET inside the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command. Witnesses say the shots occurred on the fourth floor of the building. Earlier news reports said there was a gunman dressed in all black firing shots inside the building.

The Navy sent a tweet, saying there are reports of fatalities. Police have reportedly barricaded the gunman inside the building and SWAT teams are on the scene.

Witnesses say they saw a man with a rifle in the hallway as they left the building.

"Everyone was going down the stairs. They were pushing. They were shoving. People were falling down," Todd Brundidge told HLN affiliate WJLA.

According to authorities, the two law enforcement officers are a Metropolitan Police Officer and a base guard. There is no word on the officers' condition or others wounded in the shooting.

A shelter-in-place order is currently in effect. Kelly tells CNN that one of the suspects is an adult black male, 6 feet tall, bald head, medium complexion and wearing black clothing. There is not a description of the second suspect.

The headquarters, which employs 3,000 people, is the largest of the Navy's five system commands. A White House official says President Obama has been briefed several times about the unfolding situation. The ATF has announced it was sending a team to the scene similar to the one sent to investigate the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Navy Yard is located on the banks of the Anacostia River and close to Nationals Park, where the Washington Nationals play. There is no word on the status of tonight's scheduled game against the Atlanta Braves.

Several roads around the Navy Yard have been shut down. At least six schools near the area have been placed on lockdown. The Department of Transportation is currently on lockdown.

The Federal Aviation Administration briefly placed a ground stop at Reagan National Airport, but it has since been lifted.

Stay tuned to HLN and HLNtv.com for the latest details to this developing story.

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:10 am

Washington (CNN) -- [Breaking news update at 11 a.m. Monday]
One suspect is dead in the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, a senior Navy official told CNN's Barbara Starr
[Breaking news update at 11 a.m. Monday]
Three patients -- one man and two women -- admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center had multiple gunshot wounds, resulting in "severe injuries," chief medical officer Janis Orlowski said Monday. The injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, she said.
[Breaking news update at 11 a.m. Monday]
Two suspected shooters "are down" at the Washington Navy Yard, according to Ed Zeigler, director of Public Affairs for Naval District Washington. Zeigler was not able to confirm whether the suspected gunmen had been taken into custody or killed.
"Multiple" people have been killed in the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Zeigler told CNN's Dan Merica.

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:39 am

By Tom Cohen. Barbara Starr and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
updated 12:21 PM EDT, Mon September 16, 2013

Witness: He aimed his gun at us

NEW: A senior Navy official says a suspect is dead
NEW: There are conflicting reports about whether there was an additional shooter

Two law officers are among 10 injured in the Navy Yard shootings
Authorities say an "active shooter" is in the building

Washington (CNN) -- [Breaking news update at 12:17 p.m. Monday]
There are "potentially" two other shooters whom police are looking for in the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Monday. One suspect is dead inside the building, Lanier said.
[Original story, posted at 12:15 p.m. Monday]
Multiple fatalities in Navy Yard shooting; suspect dead, official says
(CNN) -- A suspect is dead after a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, a senior Navy official said Monday.
Conflicting reports emerged about whether there was another shooter. Ed Zeigler, director of public affairs for Naval District Washington, told CNN earlier Monday that two suspected shooters were "down," but the senior Navy official could not confirm whether there was more than one gunman.
Multiple people were killed in the deadly shooting, Zeigler said, which sent police in SWAT team gear swarming to the scene.

Helicopters hovered overhead. In one chopper, there appeared to be a police sniper peering out, with a scope at the ready.
Earlier, authorities said a gunman dressed in all black fired shots inside the Navy Yard, injuring at least 10 people.
Witness: 'He aimed his gun at us' and fired
The injured included a Washington police officer who has been hospitalized, and a base security guard officer, said Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Saray Leon.
Three people, including the D.C. police officer, were admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with multiple gunshot wounds. They are expected to survive, chief medical officer Janis Orlowski told reporters.
The incident started unfolding at 8:20 a.m. when several shots were fired inside the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command in southeast Washington.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent a team of about 20 special agents to the scene, a law enforcement official said. The team was the same group that helped apprehend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the official said.
Police spokesman Chris Kelly earlier described the suspect as an adult male, about 6 feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black jeans.
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Two witnesses told CNN affiliate WJLA that they heard a fire alarm go off in the building where they worked, then saw a man with a rifle down the hallway as they exited the building.
"He aimed the gun and fired our way," a man who identified himself as Todd Brundidge told WJLA, adding, "I couldn't believe it."
People frantically tried to run out of the building, Brundidge said.
"Everyone was going down the stairs. They were pushing. They were shoving. People were falling down," he told WJLA. "As we came outside, people were climbing the wall trying to get over the wall to get out of the spaces. It was just crazy."
Emergency personnel, the FBI, U.S. Capitol Police and local D.C. police responded to the shooting, shutting down traffic in the area on the District's south side along the Anacostia River. Some people are being evacuated, and others are sheltering in place.
At least eight schools were on lockdown as a precaution, the Washington public schools said.
Air traffic to Reagan National Airport in northern Virginia, the closest airport to downtown Washington, was suspended but later resumed, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
A White House statement said President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation.
The headquarters -- the workplace for about 3,000 people -- is the largest of the Navy's five system commands. It has a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion.
"With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems," the Navy said.
The Washington Navy Yard -- the Navy's oldest land establishment -- was created in 1799 following an act of Congress, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. Originally envisioned as a shipbuilding and fitting facility on the Anacostia River, it serviced some of the Navy's most famous early vessels, including the USS Constitution.
Burned during the War of 1812, the Navy Yard was transformed into a center for ordnance and technological development. The facility was the world's largest ordnance plant during World War II, but its military role steadily diminished during the Cold War era.
Today, the Navy Yard includes the headquarters of Naval District Washington and is home to a naval museum. The area around the facility has been marked in recent years by significant commercial and residential revitalization.



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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:40 am

WHY the HELL is Obama discussing 'the financial crisis and health care' at this press conference????????? MOO and more MOO and I like him but really....

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:46 am

Two Shooters May Still be at Large at D.C. Navy Yard; Multiple Victims Dead
D.C. police officer, base security officer among those shot; massive search continues
Monday, Sep 16, 2013  |  Updated 12:35 PM EDT
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Police say as many as two gunmen may still be at large near the D.C. Navy Yard Monday after a shooting that began in a heavily secured building and left a number of people dead.

One other gunman has been killed, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a midday press conference.

Initial reports had said that 11 people were shot on base and four had died, but Lanier said that information was preliminary. "There are multiple victims inside deceased," Lanier said.

They are seeking two other people as "possible" gunmen, Lanier said. One was a white male, wearing a khaki military-type uniform and a beret hat. He was armed with a handgun, and was last seen about 8:30 a.m., Lanier said.

Lanier also said police were seeking a black man, aged about 50, who was wearing olive drab and was armed with a "long gun," though she did not give any other details about the weapon.

People near the base are being asked to stay in their homes, and eight D.C. public schools and one private school nearby have been locked down.

A large search, including from helicopters, continues. "It's a large piece of land with many buildings," Assistant D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham told News4. "It's going to take a while to determine that it is safe."

Tactical teams have entered at least two buildings on the Navy Base to search for the shooter, and News4's Mark Segraves reported that three helicopters were seen tightly circling part of the base earlier.

Earlier Monday morning, the one known gunman walked into Building #197 at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, 1336 Isaac Hull Ave. in the Southeast section of the District. He shot a security guard in the head, killing him, sources confirmed to News4's Jackie Bensen.

The gunman then walked through the building, and seemed to target victims, Bensen reported. Some reports indicate he was armed with an AR-15, a military-style assault weapon.

D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies responded, Bensen said. During that response, a MPD officer was shot in the leg.

That gunman was then shot by a FBI hostage response team, Bensem said.

Washington Hospital Center said the MPD officer was among three victims that had been transported to that hospital. The officer was shot in the legs; one other victim was shot in the shoulder and one was shot in the head and hand.

All are alert and speaking at this time, and there is a "very good chance they will survive," said Dr. Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer at the hospital.

However, the hospital has been prepared to expect more victims.

One victim was reported to be on the roof of a building, reported News4's Tony Tull. A U.S. Park Police helicopter hovering above the scene around 9:50 a.m. lowered a basket to a building and lifted what appeared to be a shooting victim from the roof. The helicopter came back to the scene just after 10 a.m. to retrieve another victim.

But other details were sketchy from the scene. The shots continued to ring out through the morning, including a volley that Tull reported at about 9:20 a.m. and another volley that News4's Mark Segraves heard at about 11 a.m.

Federal and local emergency personnel converged on the scene, "and a shelter in place order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel," the Navy said. Among the responders was a federal SWAT unit.

President Barack Obama is getting frequent briefings about the deadly shooting from senior aides. The White House says Obama directed his team to stay in touch with the Navy, FBI and local officials as the events unfold.

D.C. Public Schools put six schools and one administrative building on lockdown, meaning no visitors or staff may enter or leave the building and recess for students is inside. These schools are affected:

Amidon-Bowen Elementary School
Brent Elementary School
Eastern High School
Eliot-Hine Middle School
Jefferson Academy
Tyler Elementary School
Payne Elementary School
Watkins Elementary School
Van Ness Administrative Building
The following charter schools are also on lockdown:

Eagle Academy PCS - New Jersey Ave.
Friendship PCS Chamberlain Elementary and Middle.
Cesar Chavez PCS for Public Policy - Capitol Hill
Richard Wright PCS for Journalism and Media Arts
Somerset Prep DC PCS
The 11th Street Bridge and roads in the area are closed.

Metro has also reopened New Jersey Avenue entrance at the Navy Yard station.

The Navy Yard is located in southeast Washington on the Anacostia River. The Navy says 3,000 people work inside the building, including command staff, headquarters directorates and field activities. They coordinate the Naval Sea Systems Command, or NAVSEA, the largest of the Navy's five system commands.

Stay with NBCWashington on-air and online for more on this developing story.  

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:57 am

Navy Yard Gunman Dead, Two 'Potential' Shooters Sought
Sept. 16, 2013
By ABBY D. PHILLIP and ALYSSA NEWCOMB

A gunman who terrorized the Navy Sea Systems Command headquarters building in Washington, D.C., was shot and killed after carrying out a shooting spree that left at least four others dead, and police are searching for two additional men who are considered "potential" shooters, according to officials.

The slain shooter is described as a former Navy official in his fifties whose work status was recently changed. His name has not been released.

One of the wounded was a law enforcement officer who was shot in an exchange with the gunman.

"The big concern for us right now is we potentially have two additional shooters," Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.

She said the other two men being sought were wearing military uniforms.

Authorities search for active shooter as employees remain on lockdown.
"There is no information to believe they are military personnel, but they are wearing military uniforms," Lanier said.
The chief said one possible suspect was white in a khaki uniform, wearing a beret and carrying a handgun, and the other was described as black man in his 50s wearing an olive drab uniform and carrying a long gun.

Mayor Vincent Gray said authorities were aware of four people wounded, but was uncertain of the number of fatalities. At least four fatalities have been confirmed so far. WTH?? Cannot get a count on the deceased!!

President Obama said he has been briefed on the situation and spoke about the shooting at the beginning of a news conference.

"We are confronting yet another mass shooting, and today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capital," he said.

Obama said he wanted a "seamless" investigation into the shooting and is standing with the victims and their families affected by what he called a "cowardly act."

"It targeted our military and civilian personnel, men and women who were going to work, doing their job protecting all of us. They are patriots and they know the dangers of serving abroad," Obama said. "But today they faced the unimaginable violence that they won't have expected here at home."

Two law enforcement officers were among the injured when the suspect fired shots inside the 3,000-person building at 8:20 a.m. Law enforcement officials initially told personnel to evacuate the building but they were later told to shelter in place.

Multiple reports cited the possibility of a second shooter, however, it has not been confirmed.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent a team of special agents to help secure the scene. This is the same team that helped apprehend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, according to the spokesman.

Three gunshot victims were taken to Washington Medical Center with "severe injuries," according to Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer at the hospital.

The victims were described as a male Metropolitan police officer who had "multiple gunshot wounds to his legs," a woman who was shot in the head and the hand and another woman who was shot in the shoulder.


Orlowski said all three are in critical condition, however they are conscious and are expected to survive.

She said the hospital is expecting to receive more victims, but she was not sure how many.

Patricia Ward, a logistics management specialist at the Navy Yard, said she heard a series of shots, at least seven, in rapid succession.

"A few of us just ran outside the side exit," Ward said.

Outside the building she saw a security with her gun drawn who told them to run and shelter.

Ward said the building has security.

"You need a car to enter the building. It's very hard to get in without a card," she said.

"Being with the incident that happened today, not secure enough for me," Ward said.

Planes have resumed flying out of nearby Reagan National Airport after a ground stop was imposed by the FAA due to the ongoing situation at Navy Yard earlier this morning, a Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokeswoman tells ABC News.

The Naval Sea Systems Command, the largest of the Navy's five commands, is responsible for engineering, building, buying and maintaining ships, submarines and combat systems in the Navy's fleet.

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'Multiple' deaths in Navy Yard shooting rampage; suspects may be on loose
By Barbara Starr and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
updated 1:01 PM EDT, Mon September 16, 2013

NEW: President Obama: "We are confronting yet another mass shooting"
One suspect in the shooting is dead, the police chief says
Two law officers are among 10 injured in the Navy Yard shootings
Police chief says two additional gunmen may be on the loose
'Multiple' deaths in Navy Yard shooting rampage; suspects may be on loose
By Barbara Starr and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
updated 1:01 PM EDT, Mon September 16, 2013
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NEW: President Obama: "We are confronting yet another mass shooting"
One suspect in the shooting is dead, the police chief says
Two law officers are among 10 injured in the Navy Yard shootings
Police chief says two additional gunmen may be on the loose

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Washington (CNN) -- One suspect is dead after a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, but two others may be on the loose, the D.C. police chief said Monday.
"The big concern for us right now is that we potentially have two other shooters that we have not located at this point," Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters.
Multiple people were killed in the shooting rampage, Lanier said, which sent police in SWAT team gear swarming to the scene Monday morning.
Hours later, Lanier said authorities were still looking for a white man and a black man in military-style clothing who could be connected to the shooting.
"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 uniforms," she said.
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Earlier Monday, Ed Zeigler, director of public affairs for Naval District Washington, told CNN that two suspected shooters were "down," but a senior Navy official could not confirm whether there was more than one gunman.
"We will do everything in our power to make sure whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible," President Barack Obama said, adding the shooting "targeted military and civilian personnel."
"We still don't know all the facts. But we do know that several people have been shot and some have been killed," he said. "So we are confronting yet another mass shooting. And today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capital."
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Earlier, authorities said a gunman dressed in all black fired shots inside the Navy Yard, injuring at least 10 people.
Witness: 'He aimed his gun at us' and fired
The injured included a Washington police officer who has been hospitalized, and a base security guard officer, said Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Saray Leon.
Three people, including the D.C. police officer, were admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with multiple gunshot wounds. They are expected to survive, chief medical officer Janis Orlowski told reporters.
One person was pronounced dead at George Washington University Hospital, according to Dr. Babak Sarani, chief of trauma and acute care there.
Meanwhile, at the Navy Yard, helicopters hovered overhead. In one chopper, there appeared to be a police sniper peering out, with a scope at the ready.
The incident started unfolding at 8:20 a.m. when several shots were fired inside the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command in southeast Washington.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent a team of about 20 special agents to the scene, a law enforcement official said. The team was the same group that helped apprehend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the official said.
Police spokesman Chris Kelly earlier described a suspect as an adult male, about 6 feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black jeans.
Two witnesses told CNN affiliate WJLA that they heard a fire alarm go off in the building where they worked, then saw a man with a rifle down the hallway as they exited the building.
"He aimed the gun and fired our way," a man who identified himself as Todd Brundidge told WJLA, adding, "I couldn't believe it."
People frantically tried to run out of the building, Brundidge said.
"Everyone was going down the stairs. They were pushing. They were shoving. People were falling down," he told WJLA. "As we came outside, people were climbing the wall trying to get over the wall to get out of the spaces. It was just crazy."
Victims in surgery
Emergency personnel, the FBI, U.S. Capitol Police and local D.C. police responded to the shooting, shutting down traffic in the area on the District's south side along the Anacostia River. Some people are being evacuated, and others are sheltering in place.
Security was stepped up at the Pentagon.
At least eight schools were on lockdown as a precaution, the Washington public schools said.
Air traffic to Reagan National Airport in northern Virginia, the closest airport to downtown Washington, was suspended but later resumed, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The headquarters -- the workplace for about 3,000 people -- is the largest of the Navy's five system commands. It has a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion.
"With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems," the Navy said.
The Washington Navy Yard -- the Navy's oldest land establishment -- was created in 1799 following an act of Congress, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. Originally envisioned as a shipbuilding and fitting facility on the Anacostia River, it serviced some of the Navy's most famous early vessels, including the USS Constitution.
Burned during the War of 1812, the Navy Yard was transformed into a center for ordnance and technological development. The facility was the world's largest ordnance plant during World War II, but its military role steadily diminished during the Cold War era.
Today, the Navy Yard includes the headquarters of Naval District Washington and is home to a naval museum. The area around the facility has been marked in recent years by significant commercial and residential revitalization.(CNN) -- One suspect is dead after a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, but two others may be on the loose, the D.C. police chief said Monday. Color me confused..CNN header reads 'multiple deaths but then they confirm one death..
"The big concern for us right now is that we potentially have two other shooters that we have not located at this point," Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters.
Multiple people were killed in the shooting rampage, Lanier said, which sent police in SWAT team gear swarming to the scene Monday morning.
Hours later, Lanier said authorities were still looking for a white man and a black man in military-style clothing who could be connected to the shooting.
"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 uniforms," she said.

Earlier Monday, Ed Zeigler, director of public affairs for Naval District Washington, told CNN that two suspected shooters were "down," but a senior Navy official could not confirm whether there was more than one gunman.
"We will do everything in our power to make sure whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible," President Barack Obama said, adding the shooting "targeted military and civilian personnel."
"We still don't know all the facts. But we do know that several people have been shot and some have been killed," he said. "So we are confronting yet another mass shooting. And today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capital."
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Earlier, authorities said a gunman dressed in all black fired shots inside the Navy Yard, injuring at least 10 people.

The injured included a Washington police officer who has been hospitalized, and a base security guard officer, said Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Saray Leon.
Three people, including the D.C. police officer, were admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with multiple gunshot wounds. They are expected to survive, chief medical officer Janis Orlowski told reporters.
One person was pronounced dead at George Washington University Hospital, according to Dr. Babak Sarani, chief of trauma and acute care there.
Meanwhile, at the Navy Yard, helicopters hovered overhead. In one chopper, there appeared to be a police sniper peering out, with a scope at the ready.
The incident started unfolding at 8:20 a.m. when several shots were fired inside the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command in southeast Washington.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent a team of about 20 special agents to the scene, a law enforcement official said. The team was the same group that helped apprehend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the official said.
Police spokesman Chris Kelly earlier described a suspect as an adult male, about 6 feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black jeans.
Two witnesses told CNN affiliate WJLA that they heard a fire alarm go off in the building where they worked, then saw a man with a rifle down the hallway as they exited the building.
"He aimed the gun and fired our way," a man who identified himself as Todd Brundidge told WJLA, adding, "I couldn't believe it."
People frantically tried to run out of the building, Brundidge said.
"Everyone was going down the stairs. They were pushing. They were shoving. People were falling down," he told WJLA. "As we came outside, people were climbing the wall trying to get over the wall to get out of the spaces. It was just crazy."
Victims in surgery
Emergency personnel, the FBI, U.S. Capitol Police and local D.C. police responded to the shooting, shutting down traffic in the area on the District's south side along the Anacostia River. Some people are being evacuated, and others are sheltering in place.
Security was stepped up at the Pentagon.
At least eight schools were on lockdown as a precaution, the Washington public schools said.
Air traffic to Reagan National Airport in northern Virginia, the closest airport to downtown Washington, was suspended but later resumed, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The headquarters -- the workplace for about 3,000 people -- is the largest of the Navy's five system commands. It has a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion.
"With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems," the Navy said.
The Washington Navy Yard -- the Navy's oldest land establishment -- was created in 1799 following an act of Congress, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. Originally envisioned as a shipbuilding and fitting facility on the Anacostia River, it serviced some of the Navy's most famous early vessels, including the USS Constitution.
Burned during the War of 1812, the Navy Yard was transformed into a center for ordnance and technological development. The facility was the world's largest ordnance plant during World War II, but its military role steadily diminished during the Cold War era.
Today, the Navy Yard includes the headquarters of Naval District Washington and is home to a naval museum. The area around the facility has been marked in recent years by significant commercial and residential revitalization.

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Six dead in Navy Yard shooting
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WASHINGTON — There were multiple fatalities Monday morning following a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, officials said. One gunman died in the shooting, and police are seeking two other possible shooters.

The Navy Yard was placed on lockdown after multiple shots were fired inside a building on the base, the U.S. Navy said. At least 10 people were injured in the shooting, including eight civilians, one Washington Metro police officer and one base officer, D.C. Metro Police said.

According to the Associated Press, six people were killed. It's unclear if that figure includes the gunman, who was shot during an exchange with the Metro officer.

"As far as we know, it's an isolated incident," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said.

[Full coverage: Washington Navy Yard shooting]

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said authorities are seeking two possible suspects who may still be at-large: a white male, wearing a khaki military-style uniform, beret and carrying a handgun; and a black male, approximately 50 years old, wearing an olive military-style uniform, carrying "a long gun."

Before a scheduled economic speech at the White House, President Barack Obama deplored "yet another mass shooting" — this one targeting military and civilian personnel.

“These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us," Obama said. "They’re patriots and they know the dangers of serving abroad. But today they faced the unimaginable: Violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home."

"We will do everything in our power to make sure that whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible," the president added. "I want the investigation to be seamless."

Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer at Washington Hospital Center, said one Metropolitan Police officer and two civilians are being treated there. All three are in critical condition, Orlowski said, but are alert, speaking and have a good chance of survival.

One was shot in the legs, another in the shoulder and third person was shot in the head and hand.

Orlowski said Washington Hospital Center is prepared to handle eight to 10 more victims, but did not know how many victims would be transported to the hospital. She said she had been told to expect more.

The Navy said shots were fired at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building on the base at 8:20 a.m., and a "shelter in place" order was issued for Navy Yard personnel.

Rick Mason, an administrative specialist program management specialist for the U.S. Navy, told Yahoo News he was on the fourth floor when he saw a shooter had a shotgun, aiming down into the atrium. The gunman, Mason said, was targeting people who walked into the cafeteria.

Other employees described a chaotic scene.

"We heard two shots and started wondering if that was the sound of someone dropping someone or if they were really shots," Omar Grant, a civilian employee at the Navy Yard who was on the first floor of the atrium, said. "We heard three more shots and that's when people started running out of the building and getting the hell out of there."

Approximately 3,000 people work in the building, the Navy said, though it's unclear how many people were inside at the time of the shooting.

A White House official said the president had been briefed several times throughout the morning about the unfolding situation at the Navy Yard by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco and Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromanaco.

A heavy SWAT and police presence could be seen around the Navy Yard, and helicopters were circling overhead.
Employees could be seen huddled outside the base crying and holding each other. At least one of the victims was airlifted from the scene.

A ground stop was ordered at Reagan National Airport, and schools in the area were placed on temporary lockdown.

According to the Navy's website, Naval Sea Systems "engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems." Approximately 60,000 people work there.

— With Olivier Knox reporting from the White House

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This is CRAZY!!!

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Post by samgoodwin on Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:49 pm

I'm watching it on TV news right now, they're saying 6, perhaps 7 are dead and 5 more are injured. They're still looking for 2 more suspects.
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Post by raine1953 on Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:43 pm

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By Barbara Starr and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
updated 2:33 PM EDT, Mon September 16, 2013
A police officer and police canine inspect vehicles in a parking lot outside the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, September 16, after a shooting at the complex. Multiple people were killed in the shooting rampage, according to Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier. A police officer and police canine inspect vehicles in a parking lot outside the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, September 16, after a shooting at the complex. Multiple people were killed in the shooting rampage, according to Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

NEW: Twelve people are confirmed dead, the police chief says
President Obama: Navy Yard shooting was "cowardly act"
One suspect in the shooting is dead, the police chief says
Police chief says two additional gunmen may be on the loose
(CNN) -- Twelve people were killed Monday after at least one shooter opened fire in a rampage at a Navy yard in the nation's capital, putting government buildings on lockdown and sending police SWAT teams rushing to the scene.
One suspect is dead, but two other gunmen may be on the loose, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.
"Right now we have multiple pieces of information to suggest that we had at least two other people seen with firearms. ... These are people that we believe are involved in some way," Lanier said. She declined to provide specifics about why authorities believe they were involved.
Authorities are looking for a white man and a black man in military-style clothing who could be connected to the shooting.
A dozen people are confirmed dead after the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Lanier said, and others are injured.

Obama: Shooting was a 'cowardly act' Witness: He aimed his gun at us Witness: I'm scared to go back
Shooting at Washington Navy YardShooting at Washington Navy Yard
Who opened fire at the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command -- and why -- remains unclear.
"We still don't know all the facts. But we do know that several people have been shot and some have been killed," President Barack Obama said earlier Monday afternoon. "So we are confronting yet another mass shooting. And today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capital."
Live blog
Obama called the shooting a "cowardly act" that targeted military and civilians serving their country.
"They know the dangers of serving abroad," he said, "but today they faced the unimaginable violence that we wouldn't have expected here at home."
Witness: 'He aimed his gun at us' and fired
Earlier, authorities said a gunman dressed in all black had fired shots inside the Navy yard, injuring at least 10 people.
The violence started unfolding at 8:20 a.m. when several shots were fired inside the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command in southeast Washington.
Two witnesses told CNN affiliate WJLA-TV that they heard a fire alarm go off in the building where they worked, then saw a man with a rifle down the hallway as they exited the building.
"He aimed the gun and fired our way," a man who identified himself as Todd Brundidge told WJLA, adding, "I couldn't believe it."
People frantically tried to run out of the building, Brundidge said.
"Everyone was going down the stairs. They were pushing. They were shoving. People were falling down," he told WJLA. "As we came outside, people were climbing the wall trying to get over the wall to get out. .... It was just crazy."
The injured included a Washington police officer who has been hospitalized, and a base security guard officer, said Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Saray Leon.
Three people, including the D.C. police officer, were admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with multiple gunshot wounds. They are expected to survive, chief medical officer Janis Orlowski told reporters.
One person was pronounced dead at George Washington University Hospital, according to Dr. Babak Sarani, chief of trauma and acute care there.
Meanwhile, at the Navy yard, helicopters hovered overhead. In one chopper, there appeared to be a police sniper peering out, with a scope at the ready.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent a team of about 20 special agents to the scene, a law enforcement official said. The team was the same group that helped apprehend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the official said.
Police spokesman Chris Kelly earlier described a suspect as an adult male, about 6 feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black jeans.
Victims in surgery
Emergency personnel, the FBI, U.S. Capitol Police and local D.C. police responded to the shooting, shutting down traffic in the area on the District's south side along the Anacostia River. Some people were evacuated, and others sheltered in place.
Paul Williams, who works at a nearby nonprofit, was headed to his office when he witnessed panic at the Navy yard.
"I heard four rapid bangs -- bang, bang, bang, bang," he said.
At first, he thought it was construction noise, but less than a minute later, he saw hundreds of people coming toward him.
"I didn't know what was happening. I just ran with them," Williams said. "Everyone seemed scared. People were crying. People were being consoled and calling loved ones and family."
Security was stepped up at the Pentagon.
At least eight schools were on lockdown as a precaution, the Washington public schools said.
Air traffic to Reagan National Airport in northern Virginia, the closest airport to downtown Washington, was suspended but later resumed, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The headquarters -- the workplace for about 3,000 people -- is the largest of the Navy's five system commands. It has a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion.
"With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems," the Navy said.
The Washington Navy Yard -- the Navy's oldest land establishment -- was created in 1799 following an act of Congress, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. Originally envisioned as a shipbuilding and fitting facility on the Anacostia River, it serviced some of the Navy's most famous early vessels, including the USS Constitution.
Burned during the War of 1812, the Navy Yard was transformed into a center for ordnance and technological development. The facility was the world's largest ordnance plant during World War II, but its military role steadily diminished during the Cold War era.
Today, the Navy Yard includes the headquarters of Naval District Washington and is home to a naval museum. The area around the facility has been marked in recent years by significant commercial and residential revitalization.

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CNN just said that: 'one of the 2 possible suspects cleared'..the senate is going into a lockdown to discuss..CNN admitted that the facts are coming in so fast that they have to piece through it all..one shooter, black male, 40-50, military style clothing..still on the loose.

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By Barbara Starr and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
updated 3:59 PM EDT, Mon September 16, 2013
Police officers walk on a rooftop at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, September 16, after a shooting at the complex. (Pls go to link to see pics) Twelve people were killed in the shooting rampage, according to Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Police officers walk on a rooftop at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, September 16, after a shooting at the complex. Twelve people were killed in the shooting rampage, according to Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

NEW: Official: The dead suspect has been fingerprinted and identified
Twelve people are confirmed dead, the police chief says
One suspect in the shooting is dead, the police chief says
Police clear one man they say they were looking for in connection with shooting


Washington (CNN) -- [Breaking news update at 3:59 p.m. Monday]
The dead suspect in Monday's killings at the Washington Navy Yard has been identified as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor from Texas, the Washington FBI Field Office told CNN's Pamela Brown.
[Original story, posted at 3:31 p.m. Monday]
12 killed in Navy Yard shooting rampage; suspect identified
(CNN) -- Twelve people were killed Monday after at least one shooter opened fire in a rampage at a Navy yard in the nation's capital, putting government buildings on lockdown and sending police SWAT teams rushing to the scene.
One suspect is dead, and one other gunman may be on the loose, police said.
Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier declined to provide specifics about why police believed others could be tied to the shooting.
Police cleared one person they had been looking for in connection with the shooting, saying in a Twitter post that a white man in a tan outfit had "been identified and is not a suspect or person of interest." But another possible gunman apparently remained at large.
A dozen people are confirmed dead after the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Lanier said, and others are injured.
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Obama: Shooting was a 'cowardly act' Witness: He aimed his gun at us Witness: I'm scared to go back
Shooting at Washington Navy YardShooting at Washington Navy Yard
Who opened fire at the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command -- and why -- remains unclear.
The dead suspect has been fingerprinted and identified, a government official with detailed knowledge of the investigation told CNN's Deborah Feyerick.
"We still don't know all the facts. But we do know that several people have been shot and some have been killed," President Barack Obama said earlier Monday afternoon. "So we are confronting yet another mass shooting. And today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capital."
Obama called the shooting a "cowardly act" that targeted military and civilians serving their country.
"They know the dangers of serving abroad," he said, "but today they faced the unimaginable violence that we wouldn't have expected here at home."

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Post by samgoodwin on Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:43 pm

Obama called the shooting a "cowardly act" that targeted military and civilians serving their country.
"They know the dangers of serving abroad," he said, "but today they faced the unimaginable violence that we wouldn't have expected here at home."


They better not call this "workplace violence" again!


Photo of shooter who was killed earlier:
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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:27 pm

I COMPLETELY agree w/you re: NOT calling this 'workplace violence'.


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12 victims slain in Navy Yard shooting rampage; dead suspect ID'd
By Barbara Starr. Catherine E. Shoichet and Pamela Brown, CNN
updated 6:43 PM EDT, Mon September 16, 2013

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Washington (CNN) -- The FBI has identified the dead suspect in Monday's shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor from Texas.
But authorities are still searching for more information about him, and they're asking members of the public for help.
If you have information regarding Aaron Alexis or the Navy Yard shooting, call 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit the FBI's website.
"No piece of information is too small," said Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the Washington FBI Field Office. "We are looking to learn everything we can about his recent movements, his contacts and associates."

In addition to the gunman, authorities said at least 12 people were killed and about 12 others were injured in the shooting, which put government buildings on lockdown and sent police SWAT teams rushing to the scene.
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Obama: Shooting was a 'cowardly act' Witness: He aimed his gun at us Witness: I'm scared to go back
Shooting at Washington Navy YardShooting at Washington Navy Yard
It's unclear whether another gunman also opened fire at the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command -- and why the shooting occurred, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray told reporters.
"We'll continue to seek information about what the motive is. We don't have any reason at this stage to suspect terrorism," he said, "but certainly it has not been ruled out."
Police said one other gunman may be on the loose. Authorities earlier said there could be two gunmen at large, but later said one of them had been cleared.
The other possible suspect described by police -- a black male, between 40 and 50, wearing an "olive drab-colored" military-style uniform -- has not been ruled out, Gray said.
"We still don't know all the facts. But we do know that several people have been shot and some have been killed," President Barack Obama said earlier Monday afternoon. "So we are confronting yet another mass shooting. And today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capital."
Obama called the shooting a "cowardly act" that targeted military and civilians serving their country.
"They know the dangers of serving abroad," he said, "but today they faced the unimaginable violence that we wouldn't have expected here at home."
Witness: 'He aimed his gun at us' and fired
Witness: People pushed their way out of building
The violence started unfolding at 8:20 a.m. when several shots were fired inside the southeast Washington facility.
Police spokesman Chris Kelly soon described a suspect as an adult male, about 6 feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black jeans.
Two witnesses told CNN affiliate WJLA-TV that they heard a fire alarm go off in the building where they worked, then saw a man with a rifle down the hallway as they exited the building.
"He aimed the gun and fired our way," Todd Brundidge told WJLA.
People frantically ran down stairs to get out of the building, Brundidge said.
"They were pushing. They were shoving. People were falling down," he told WJLA. "As we came outside, people were climbing the wall trying to get over the wall to get out. .... It was just crazy."
The injured included a Washington police officer who has been hospitalized, and a base security guard officer, said Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Saray Leon.
Victims in surgery
Three people, including the D.C. police officer, were admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with multiple gunshot wounds. They are expected to survive, chief medical officer Janis Orlowski told reporters.
One person was pronounced dead at George Washington University Hospital, according to Dr. Babak Sarani, chief of trauma and acute care there.
Details emerge about suspect
As authorities investigated the deadly shooting, across the country details began to emerge about the suspect.
The FBI said it identified Alexis using fingerprints and ID.
He was in the Navy's ready reserve, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told CNN. In the past, he was an enlisted petty officer working on electrical systems. He was discharged from the Navy following a "pattern of misconduct," a U.S. defense official said. The military is reviewing his files.
It's unclear exactly what contracting company Alexis worked for, or how recently he was doing contracting work for the Navy, Mabus said. "He was contracting in the IT area, information/technology," Mabus said. "But past that, we don't know."
Outside Fort Worth, Texas, friend Michael Ritrovato said Alexis had recently been frustrated with the civilian contractor about a payment issue. But Ritrovato said his friend never showed signs of aggressiveness or violence, though he played a lot of shooting video games online.
"It's incredible that this is all happening, because he was a very good-natured guy," Ritrovato said. "It seemed like he wanted to get more out of life."
In Seattle, police said they arrested Alexis in 2004 for shooting out the tires of another man's vehicle in what Alexis later told detectives was an anger-fueled "blackout."

SWAT teams swarm area
Meanwhile, at the Navy yard, helicopters hovered overhead. In one chopper, there appeared to be a police sniper peering out, with a scope at the ready.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent a team of about 20 special agents to the scene, a law enforcement official said. The team was the same group that helped apprehend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the official said.
Emergency personnel, the FBI, U.S. Capitol Police and local D.C. police responded to the shooting, shutting down traffic in the area on the District's south side along the Anacostia River. Some people were evacuated, and others sheltered in place.
Paul Williams, who works at a nearby nonprofit, was headed to his office when he witnessed panic at the Navy yard.
"I heard four rapid bangs -- bang, bang, bang, bang," he said.
At first, he thought it was construction noise, but less than a minute later, he saw hundreds of people coming toward him.
"I didn't know what was happening. I just ran with them," Williams said. "Everyone seemed scared. People were crying. People were being consoled and calling loved ones and family."
Government buildings, schools tighten security
Security was stepped up at the Pentagon.
And at least eight schools were on lockdown as a precaution, the Washington public schools said.
Air traffic to Reagan National Airport in northern Virginia, the closest airport to downtown Washington, was suspended after the shooting but later resumed, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Officials postponed a Washington Nationals baseball game that had scheduled for Monday night at Nationals Park, just a few blocks away from the Washington Navy Yard.
The headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command -- the workplace for about 3,000 people -- is the largest of the Navy's five system commands. It has a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion.
"With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems," the Navy said.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington's congressional delegate, described the Navy yard as a "very secure facility."
"And the Navy has managed to keep it secure while it has been open to the public," she told reporters.
The Washington Navy Yard -- the Navy's oldest land establishment -- was created in 1799 following an act of Congress, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. Originally envisioned as a shipbuilding and fitting facility on the Anacostia River, it serviced some of the Navy's most famous early vessels, including the USS Constitution.
Burned during the War of 1812, the Navy Yard was transformed into a center for ordnance and technological development. The facility was the world's largest ordnance plant during World War II, but its military role steadily diminished during the Cold War era.
Today, the Navy Yard includes the headquarters of Naval District Washington and is home to a naval museum. The area around the facility has been marked in recent years by significant commercial and residential revitalization.

Note: I heard on CNN minutes ago he was on contract w/Hewlett Packard.

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updated 10:34 PM EDT, Mon September 16, 2013
A police officer runs near the scene of the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, September 16. Authorities said at least 12 people -- and the suspect -- were killed in the shooting. A police officer runs near the scene of the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, September 16. Authorities said at least 12 people -- and the suspect -- were killed in the shooting.
Washington (CNN) -- [Breaking news update at 10:34 p.m. ET]
Besides the 13 people who were killed, eight people were injured in Monday morning's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray told reporters Monday night. Three of those were injured by gunfire, and the others had other types of injuries, such as contusions and chest pain. Earlier Monday night, Navy Vice Adm. William D. French said 14 people were injured. The 13 dead include suspect Aaron Alexis.
Washington police are confident that only one person was involved in Monday morning's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, and they are lifting a shelter-in-place order for residents who live nearby, Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Monday night. Authorities have said suspect Alexis, 34, was killed after an encounter with security.
The ages of those who were killed in Monday morning's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard range from 46 to 73, Gray said.

[Original story published at 9:20 p.m. ET]
The FBI has identified the dead suspect in Monday's shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor from Texas.
But authorities are still searching for more information about him, and they're asking members of the public for help.
If you have information regarding Aaron Alexis or the Navy Yard shooting, call 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit the FBI's website.
"No piece of information is too small," said Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the Washington FBI Field Office. "We are looking to learn everything we can about his recent movements, his contacts and associates."
In addition to the gunman, authorities said at least 12 people were killed and 14 others were injured in the shooting, which put government buildings on lockdown and sent police SWAT teams rushing to the scene.
The names of those killed, except for the suspected shooter, have not been made public, pending notification of their families.
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Even as the FBI ruled out any other shooters in the rampage at the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command, Metropolitan Police were trying to track down at least one person to determine whether that individual had any involvement.
"We'll continue to seek information about what the motive is. We don't have any reason at this stage to suspect terrorism," Washington Mayor Vincent Gray told reporters, "but certainly it has not been ruled out."
The other possible suspect was described by police as a black male, between 40 and 50, wearing an "olive drab-colored" military-style uniform.
"We still don't know all the facts. But we do know that several people have been shot and some have been killed," President Barack Obama said Monday afternoon. "So we are confronting yet another mass shooting. And today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capital."
Obama called the shooting a "cowardly act" that targeted military and civilians serving their country.
"They know the dangers of serving abroad," he said, "but today they faced the unimaginable violence that we wouldn't have expected here at home."
Witness: 'He aimed his gun at us' and fired
Witness: People pushed their way out of building
The violence started unfolding at 8:20 a.m. when several shots were fired inside the southeast Washington facility.
Police spokesman Chris Kelly soon described a suspect as an adult male, about 6 feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black jeans.
He was armed with an AR-15, which is a semi-automatic rifle; another rifle and a semi-automatic Glock handgun, according to a law enforcement official.
Two witnesses told CNN affiliate WJLA-TV that they heard a fire alarm go off in the building where they worked, then saw a man with a rifle down the hallway as they exited the building.
"He aimed the gun and fired our way," Todd Brundidge told WJLA.
People frantically ran down stairs to get out of the building, Brundidge said.
"They were pushing. They were shoving. People were falling down," he told WJLA. "As we came outside, people were climbing the wall trying to get over the wall to get out. .... It was just crazy."
The injured included a Washington police officer who has been hospitalized, and a base security guard officer, said Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Saray Leon.
Victims in surgery
Three people, including the D.C. police officer, were admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with multiple gunshot wounds. They are expected to survive, chief medical officer Janis Orlowski told reporters.
One person was pronounced dead at George Washington University Hospital, according to Dr. Babak Sarani, chief of trauma and acute care there.
Details emerge about suspect
As authorities investigated the deadly shooting, across the country details began to emerge about the suspect.
The FBI said it identified Alexis using fingerprints and ID.
He was in the Navy's ready reserve, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told CNN. In the past, he was an enlisted petty officer working on electrical systems. He was discharged from the Navy following a "pattern of misconduct," a U.S. defense official said. The military is reviewing his files.
The suspected shooter had an active ID and entered the base legally, according to a federal law enforcement official.
Outside Fort Worth, Texas, friend Michael Ritrovato said Alexis had recently been frustrated with the civilian contractor about a payment issue. But Ritrovato said his friend never showed signs of aggressiveness or violence, though he played a lot of shooting video games online.
"It's incredible that this is all happening, because he was a very good-natured guy," Ritrovato said. "It seemed like he wanted to get more out of life."
In Seattle, police said they arrested Alexis in 2004 for shooting out the tires of another man's vehicle in what Alexis later told detectives was an anger-fueled "blackout."
SWAT teams swarm area
Meanwhile, at the Navy yard, helicopters hovered overhead. In one chopper, there appeared to be a police sniper peering out, with a scope at the ready.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent a team of about 20 special agents to the scene, a law enforcement official said. The team was the same group that helped apprehend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the official said.
Emergency personnel, the FBI, U.S. Capitol Police and local D.C. police responded to the shooting, shutting down traffic in the area on the District's south side along the Anacostia River. Some people were evacuated, and others sheltered in place.
Paul Williams, who works at a nearby nonprofit, was headed to his office when he witnessed panic at the Navy yard.
"I heard four rapid bangs -- bang, bang, bang, bang," he said.
At first, he thought it was construction noise, but less than a minute later, he saw hundreds of people coming toward him.
"I didn't know what was happening. I just ran with them," Williams said. "Everyone seemed scared. People were crying. People were being consoled and calling loved ones and family."
Government buildings, schools tighten security
Security was stepped up at the Pentagon.
And at least eight schools were on lockdown as a precaution, the Washington public schools said.
Air traffic to Reagan National Airport in northern Virginia, the closest airport to downtown Washington, was suspended after the shooting but later resumed, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Officials postponed a Washington Nationals baseball game that had been scheduled for Monday night at Nationals Park, just a few blocks away from the Washington Navy Yard.
The headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command -- the workplace for about 3,000 people -- is the largest of the Navy's five system commands. It has a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion.
"With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems," the Navy said.
Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington's congressional delegate, described the Navy yard as a "very secure facility."
The Washington Navy Yard -- the Navy's oldest land establishment -- was created in 1799 following an act of Congress, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. Originally envisioned as a shipbuilding and fitting facility on the Anacostia River, it serviced some of the Navy's most famous early vessels, including the USS Constitution.
Burned during the War of 1812, the Navy Yard was transformed into a center for ordnance and technological development. The facility was the world's largest ordnance plant during World War II, but its military role steadily diminished during the Cold War era.
Today, the Navy Yard includes the headquarters of Naval District Washington and is home to a naval museum. The area around the facility has been marked in recent years by significant commercial and residential revitalization.

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So, they are confident there was ONLY one shooter? WHY??? WTF?? WHY would he do this!!????? angry angry angry angry angry angry 

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:29 pm

They just said on CNN that this ass passed 2 security checks..WTF? I use to do pre-employment investigations for Los Alamos Labs and EXXON after the Valdez oil spill..the FBI and the DOD were Constantly coming in to check our records..the mere THOUGHT that he had a previous record in Texas with GUNS, had 'anger mgmt problems', and got away w/it in BROAD Daylight at the naval station (what..NO metal detector??) makes me fricking LIVID!

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Post by samgoodwin on Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:37 pm

No kidding, it sounds like he got out of trouble a lot by claiming he had PTSD, but with that, he shouldn't have received clearance - not to mention his previous violent gun incidents.
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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:42 pm

PTSD my ass!! Let's blame it on Hodi's 'condition'Sarcasm Sarcasm Sarcasm Sarcasm Sarcasm  What a CROCK!! OMG!! The thought that our own Navy in the State Capitol wouldn't have AT THE VERY LEAST a metal detector is simply MIND BOGGLING!! Am in shock..WTF has happened to our Country? WHY the HELL wouldn't our POTUS/Congress/Supreme Court/SOMEONE..ensure our Military is SAFE?

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Post by Wrapitup on Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:44 pm

Sorry if I offend anyone but GEE, he PREVIOUSLY 'got away w/this bs w/the guns' in a State that totes them around like freaking WATER!!umno umno umno umno umno umno grrrr grrrr grrrr grrrr grrrr grrrr grrrr grrrr grrrr grrrr grrrr grrrr grrrr grrrr 

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FGS!! Yes, Nancy..LOUD BANGS!!


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Well-liked...you never know who you're dealing with anymore! I think he took out the naval base TRIED to take out the naval base due to him getting a dishonorable discharge...and b/c he KNEW he could. Crazy as that sounds. MOO!

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By Ed Payne, CNN
updated 6:59 AM EDT, Tue September 17, 2013

How did shooter Aaron Alexis get security clearance with his record?
When will we know about all the shooting victims?
Is the Navy taking shortcuts when it comes to security?
What was the motive of the shooter?

(CNN) -- The one question we all desperately want answered may have gone to the grave with Aaron Alexis: Why?
Why did he park at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, walk into Building 197, perch himself on an overlook above the atrium and open fire? The bullets that rained down killed 12 people and wounded eight others.
Why?
But that's not the only missing puzzle piece. Investigators are painstakingly trying to piece together the motive, the means and the method.
Friend: Shooter was polite, friendly Friend: Shooter was polite, friendly Man hid in room during shooting Man hid in room during shooting
"No piece of information is too small," said Valerie Parlave of the FBI said Monday night. "We are looking to learn everything we can about his recent movements, his contacts and associates."
For now, here's what we know and what we don't know.
THE DEATH
What we know: The shooting rampage ended with the 34-year-old Alexis' death.
What we don't know: How Alexis died. Authorities say he was killed after an encounter with security. We've yet to learn the details.
THE MOTIVE
What we know: There were no indications that Alexis had any ideological differences with the Navy or any disagreements with anyone at the Navy Yard, a U.S. law enforcement official said.
What we don't know: Was it about pay? He was very frustrated with the company that contracted him to work for the Navy, according to a friend. Alexis claimed he wasn't paid properly by the company after returning from a months-long assignment to Japan last year, said Michael Ritrovato, a former roommate. It was unclear whether the dispute was over salary or expenses. Alexis just felt the company owed him money and had not paid him, Ritrovato said.
A SECOND MAN?
What we know: Throughout the day, authorities said they were looking for a second man. But by nightfall, they said they were "confident" that Alexis was the lone gunman. "We have exhausted all means to eliminate that possible last suspect," said Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier. "So we do now feel comfortable that we have the single and sole person responsible for the loss of life inside of the base."
What we don't know: At the same news conference, just a few minutes before Lanier spoke, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray muddied the picture. "We continue to pursue the possibility of there being another shooter," he said. "We don't have any evidence, any indication at this stage that there was another shooter, even though we haven't completely ruled that out."
THE VICTIMS
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What we know: We know 12 people are dead -- 11 at the scene, one at a hospital. We know their ages ranged from 46 to 73. Authorities released the names of seven victims late Monday. Three others were shot, but survived. Five more were hospitalized for contusions and chest pains, the mayor said.
What we don't know: The names of the other five who died. We know that those killed were civilian workers or military contractors -- but we have yet to find out more about them. What they did at the Yard, where they were at the time of the shooting, etc.
7 victims from Navy Yard shooting identified
HIS HISTORY
What we know: He was an IT contractor. He had medium security clearance, high enough to work at multiple Navy offices over the summer. He had an ID badge to enter the Navy Yard. His employer says the shooter jumped through all the right hoops. "Alexis had a security clearance that was updated in July, approved by military security service personnel," said Thomas Hoshko, CEO at The Experts. "There is nothing that came up in all the searches."
What we don't know: But Alexis also had a "pattern of misconduct" and an arrest record. So, how did he get security clearance? Former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley says a poor or incomplete background check is to blame. "Most people when they get into that, they are given an interim clearance and that means that the background check hasn't been done but it's in the process of being done," Courtley said. "He may have started out with an interim clearance and a background check should have been done." The former SEAL says just running Alexis' fingerprints would have turned up his arrest record. In Seattle, he fired several shots into the tires of a car during an altercation over construction near where he lived in 2004. There was also a weapons incident in Texas in 2010.
Who is accused Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis?
SECURITY AT THE YARD
What we know: Alexis drove onto the grounds of Navy Yard Monday morning with three weapons in his vehicle. He took the weapons out, proceeded into Building 197 and opened fire. He had access to the Yard because of his contracting work, and he used a valid pass to gain entry.
What we don't know: Even to drive or walk onto the base, a person would be required to present credentials, said Navy Capt. Mark Vandroff. Building 197 has armed security at the door. How did he get the guns past them? Did cost cutting compromise Navy security? Rep. Mike Turner, an Ohio Republican and a member of Armed Forces Committee, thinks so. He wants a congressional briefing from the Pentagon inspector general on a Navy security audit that he says was released in the aftermath of Monday's shooting."It is my understanding that the IG report indicates the Navy may have implemented an unproven system in order to cut costs," Turner says. "I also learned that potentially numerous felons may have been able to gain restricted access to several military installations across the country due to insufficient background checks, increasing the risk to our military personnel and civilian employees."

Audit reports Navy risked security to cut costs, says source
GUN DEBATE
What we know: The incident will certainly rev up the often explosive debate over gun control. But initial reports show Alexis obtained his primary weapon legally.
What we don't know: Will the shooting at Navy Yard change the political landscape? High-profile shootings over the last several years have done little to move the needle in Washington. President Obama pushed for universal background checks and other directives after the the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings, to cut down on the access Americans would have to firearms, but they never gained traction. At the state level, it's been a similar story. The successful recall elections last week of two Colorado lawmakers who backed new gun restrictions sent a shiver through the gun-control lobby.

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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:02 pm

Vetting military contractors: How did Navy Yard gunman get in?
By Josh Levs, CNN
updated 12:43 PM EDT, Tue September 17, 2013

The FBI identified Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor from 
STORY HIGHLIGHTS


  • NEW: Aaron Alexis had at least eight incidents of misconduct in the Navy, a defense official says
  • Lawmakers ask why the alleged gunman's past didn't prevent his security clearance
  • Alexis worked for The Experts, which subcontracted for Hewlett Packard
  • Many contractors are given some clearance before background checks, a former FBI agent says



(CNN) -- The shooter at the Washington Navy Yard had a "pattern of misconduct" as a Navy reservist, had sporadic run-ins with the law, and had contacted two Veterans Administration hospitals for apparent psychological issues, sources have told CNN.
Somehow, none of that prevented Aaron Alexis from getting clearance to the Washington Navy Yard as a subcontractor.
In the wake of the horrific incident that left 12 victims and the gunman dead, lawmakers and military experts are calling out the vetting process for contractors and subcontractors. Did the military even know the things about Alexis that news agencies managed to find out within hours?
Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican who serves on the Intelligence Committee, said she now questions "the kind of vetting contractors do."
"Washington needs a lot more answers," Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-Washington, said in an interview Tuesday with CNN.
The incidents in Alexis' past "should have been a red flag that maybe we need to delve a little deeper into this individual," said retired Navy Cmdr. Kirk Lippold.
The Navy had sought to give him a "general discharge" due to at least eight incidents of misconduct while on duty, but ultimately had to give him an honorable discharge due to lack of evidence to support the sterner measure, a U.S. defense official said Tuesday.
But he went on to work for a group called The Experts, which was subcontracting with Hewlett Packard on a large military contract.
With security clearance, he worked from September 2012 through January in Japan. His clearance was renewed in July, and he worked at facilities in Rhode Island, North Carolina and Virginia for weeks at a time upgrading computer systems, according to Thomas E. Hoshko, CEO of The Experts.
No one reported having any problems with him, Hoshko said.
What is security like at Navy Yard?
Alexis began working at the Navy Yard last week, though it was unclear whether he had actually begun doing work or was still securing his base clearance, Hoshko said.
Contractors can receive three levels of clearance: confidential, secret and top secret. Alexis had secret clearance, the middle category.
A Defense Department office oversees clearance. Applicants fill out a very long form, which asks about any contact with police, charges, and convictions. The form also asks about mental instability.
Interviews with applicants follow.
If the department did a background check on Alexis, information about his Navy experience and run-ins with the law would have turned up.
So why was he given clearance?
"The way it happens is a poor background check," says Tim Clemente, a former FBI counterterrorism agent.
Many contractors are initially given secret level clearance, which "means that the background check really hasn't been done yet, but it's in the process of being done," he said.
A background check, which includes searching records and running fingerprints, would have discovered if Alexis left anything off the form he filled out.
"And if it had left anything substantial out, it would be an immediate denial of the clearance," Clemente said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."
But problems aren't limited to just contractors, Clemente added. "Look at Hasan at Fort Hood."
A military court recently convicted Maj. Nidal Hasan of killing 13 people in 2009.
"We didn't look at his background very well," nor his personality, Clemente said. "I think we have a problem. It's not just on the surface. We need to dig deeper."
In the 12 years since the September 11 attacks, the United States has ramped up contracting to support new defense and intelligence efforts.
The government awarded about $517 billion in outsourcing contracts in the most recent fiscal year -- not including many contracts awarded by the NSA and other intelligence agencies, which keep their spending classified.
Questions about vetting of contractors who may access NSA documents arose after Edward Snowden, worked for consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, leaked classified information.
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Post by samgoodwin on Tue Sep 17, 2013 1:13 pm

Inside the mind of the Navy Yard killer: 'Paranoid' gunman was being treated for mental illness and was left 'devastated after Thai girlfriend dumped him when she refused to move to the U.S.'
Aaron Alexis, 34, the heavily armed gunman who killed 12 people and injured eight at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington D.C. – suffered a host of mental illnesses
Visited Thailand in March 2012 and was left devastated when a girl declined to come back to the U.S. and live with him
Reportedly 'heard voices in his head', lived with paranoia and could not sleep
Had 'secret' clearance and was assigned to start working there as a civilian contractor with a military-issued ID card
SWAT Teams fought a heavy gun battle with him and shot him dead
Alexis served in the U.S. Navy for almost four years before he was given an honorable discharge in January 2011
Alexis was cited on at least eight occasions for misconduct, according to a Navy official
The FBI has determined that Alexis was the only shooter, and police say a valid security pass was used to get into the Navy Yard buildings
By JAMES NYE, LOUISE BOYLE, DAVID MARTOSKO IN WASHINGTON, MEGHAN KENEALLY and PAUL THOMPSON IN WASHINGTON
PUBLISHED: 07:33 EST, 17 September 2013 | UPDATED: 12:49 EST, 17 September 2013

Washington Naval Yard gunman Aaron Alexis began treatment for serious mental illness in August as friends of the shooter today revealed he was devastated last year when a Thai girlfriend left him broken-hearted.
According to anonymous law enforcement officials, Alexis, 34, sought treatment from the Veterans Administration for paranoia, insomnia and possible schizophrenia just one month before his shooting rampage which claimed the lives of 12 people on Monday.
Prior to this, Alexis visited Thailand in 2012 where he spent his time frequenting massage parlors and was crushed when a girl he liked rejected his offer to come and live with him in the United States because the woman 'didn't like black people.'

Indeed, such was Alexis' fascination with Thai culture, Buddhism and Thai people that he traveled to the south east Asian country in March and April of 2012.
According to the UK's Channel 4 News, he spent 45 days in the country and was shown around by Parin Suthamtewakul, a relative of Nutpisit Suthamtewaku.


Alexis worked at Nutpisit's Happy Bowl Thai restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas for a time earlier this year and lived with the owner and his wife.
He was escorted to a number of tourist centers in Korat, the north east of Thailand and a beach resort called Hua Hin.
There he celebrated the Thai new year festival of Songkran, which celebrates water and Alexis is seen in the above picture obtained exclusively by Channel 4 News brandishing a water-gun.
However, instead of exploring his Buddhist faith, Alexis spent his time frequenting massage parlors and even developed a crush on a Thai girl.
The former Navy reservist was upset however when she rejected his offer to come back and live with him in the United States.
Channel 4 also learned from Nutpisit that Alexis also complained of racial discrimination at the hands of his countrymen - suggesting a deep-rooted alienation.
'He didn't have any American friends,' said Nutpisit Suthamtewakul. 'His only friends were Thais because they were nice to him.'
Suthamtewakul added that Alexis was 'good at shooting and really interested in guns' and 'owned one gun'.
The Happy Bowl owner said that Alexis had moved out of his home around May after there was tension with Mr Suthamtewakul's wife over their pet cats.


He said he had not heard from Alexis in the weeks before the shooting and had believed he was flying to Japan as part of his government contractor job.
Ty Thairintr, a congregant at Wat Budsaya, a Buddhist temple in Fort Worth which Alexis would attend, said: 'We are all shocked. We are nonviolent. Aaron was a very good practitioner of Buddhism. He could chant better than even some of the Thai congregants.'
Thairintr said Alexis told him he was upset with the Navy because 'he thought he never got a promotion because of the color of his skin. He hated his commander'.

The new revelations regarding his treatment are significant because despite his psychiatric problems, the Navy did not declare him mentally unfit which would have rescinded his security clearance and impacted his ability to purchase firearms.
Indeed, Alexis had 'secret' clearance and was assigned to start working at the naval yard as a civilian contractor with a military-issued ID card, his contracting firm's chief executive Thomas Hoshko said today.

Speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing criminal investigation, law enforcement officials said that Alexis' family were aware of his mental problems, which included hearing voices in his head.
Sources with the investigation into the mass shooting told CNN that Alexis had recently made contact with two Veterans Administration hospitals for his psychological issues.
In the past Alexis has previously claimed to be suffering from PTSD after helping rescue efforts in New York following the 9/11 terror attacks.
This comes as it was claimed that Alexis was a 'hardcore drinker' who loved to play violent zombie video games, Nutpisit Suthamtewakul revealed.
He said on Monday to the UK's Daily Telegraph that he had known Aaron Alexis for three years and that they were drinking buddies as well as roommates.
Another friend Michael Ritrovato also said that he had watched Alexis playing violent video games that involved shooting such as Call of Duty.

Mr Suthamtewakul said that he would bring his friend food during gaming sessions that would last for hours.
Mr Ritrovato, a 50-year-old government worker and New York native, said that Alexis, an African-American, had complained to him that he was the victim of racial discrimination.
However Mr Suthamtewakul said that his friend was a recently-converted Buddhist who liked to meditate.
This comes as a Navy official speaking to the Washington Post on condition of anonymity claimed that Alexis was cited on at least eight occasions for misconduct during his service from 2007 to his honorable discharge in 2011.
Among the offenses he was cited for were traffic tickets and arriving for work late.

However, he was also reprimanded for more serious behavior such as insubordination, disorderly conduct and many, unauthorized absences from his service.
He was also given an administrative sanction when he was arrested by police in DeKalb County, Georgia, in August 2008 and spent two nights in jail.
It had been incorrectly reported that Alexis had been given a general discharge, when in fact he had been issued with an honorable discharge on January 31st, 2011.
A general discharge would have indicated that there was a problem with his service and performance and would also have impacted on the veteran's benefits he received and his health insurance for medical problems.
Gunman Aaron Alexis was shot dead by responding officers after he opened fire inside a Navy facility around 8:20 a.m. on Monday morning, killing 12 people aged 46-73.
It emerged today that he used three guns during the massacre, two handguns and a shotgun.

Sources told News4 in Washington D.C that surveillance footage showed that he began his attack with a shotgun, but was found with two 9mm pistol's.
NBC News correspondent Pete Williams is reporting Alexis purchased a shotgun in Lorton, Virginia during the past week or so.
It was originally reported that he had seized an AR-15, although law enforcement officials said on Tuesday that this was not the case.
Two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that an AR-15 was found at the scene. One of them said Tuesday that Alexis did not use that weapon in the shootings.
It was not immediately clear whether the rifle belonged to a law enforcement or security officer responding to the gun battle.
Alexis is assumed to have seized two firearms from two victims on the military base on the Anacostia River in Washington D.C.
He was killed in one of several running gun battles with police after he entered the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters and started picking off victims in a cafeteria from a fourth-floor atrium, witnesses said.



The shooter's family lives in a run-down area of Brooklyn called Bedford-Stuyvesant, which was known in the 1980s for being at the center of New York's crack epidemic.
His mother Cathleen, 60, lives in a fourth floor walk up apartment worth $130,000 with other relatives.
The street was then sealed off by police and FBI agents who stood guard outside and refused to let anybody onto the side of the street where the house is.
Later the gunman's brother-in-law Anthony Little, who is married to Alexis' sister Naomi, 31, arrived and said: 'The family are distraught...They're shocked'.

Mr Little said it had been several years since had Alexis spoken with his family in Brooklyn.
He added: 'He is not as close as the normal person with his family.'
The stepfather of gunman Aaron Alexis was "shattered" after discovering his son had gone on a deadly rampage.
Frank Calderon discovered his son had killed 12 people after two FBI agents showed up at his home in Virginia.
Calderon,47, was interviewed for over an hour by the agents as they tried to piece together the last movements of the former Navy reservist.
'He had no idea anything was wrong until the FBI showed up at his door,"said a friend who shares his apartment near Richmond, Virginia.
"Frank talked with them for over an hour. He was pretty shattered when I saw him afterwards.
'There were two agents and they talked to him inside. I guess they wanted to know all about Aaron.
'You can imagine how he feels. He wanted to do all he could to help.This is just tragic and I know he feels sorry for all the victims.'

Calderon lived with Alexis's mother Carmen in Brooklyn, New York, before relocating to Virginia.
Investigators will be anxious to find out if Alexis met with Calderon when he was in Virginia buying the weapons that were used in the Navy Yard shooting.
Alexis, who it was revealed had been suffering from mental illness and hearing voices in his head, legally bought the guns at a store in Lorton, Virginia.

That set off pandemonium, with fire alarms sounding and security officers yelling at people to leave the building. Hundreds fled, some scrambling over walls to escape the gunfire. A loudspeaker announcement ordered those who remained to stay in their offices.
The motive for the mass shooting - the deadliest on a military installation in the U.S. since the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 - was a mystery, investigators said.
But a profile of the lone gunman, a 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, was coming into focus. He was described as a Buddhist who had also had flares of rage, complained about the Navy and being a victim of discrimination and had several run-ins with law enforcement, including two shootings.
Eight people were injured including three who were shot, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said. Those killed were aged 46 to 73, he said. Investigations continued into the circumstances of their deaths.

They are, according to Washington's Metropolitan Police Department: Michael Arnold, 59; Sylvia Frasier, 53; Kathy Gaarde, 62; John Roger Johnson, 73;Frank Kohler, 50; Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46; Arthur Daniels, 51, Martin Bodrog, 54, Richard Michael Ridgell, 52, Gerald L. Read, 58, Mary Knight, 51 and Vishnu Pandit, 61.
Authorities said none of the victims were known to have been active-duty military personnel.

Investigators earlier were pursuing a possible second gunman but later said there were no suspects beyond Alexis. The incident has raised questions about security at the Washington Navy Yard, about a mile south of the U.S. Capitol and 3 miles from the White House.
Alexis, a contract employee, had legitimate access to the Navy Yard and used a valid pass, the FBI said. Authorities did not address how he could have sneaked weapons onto the base.
Police patrol officers and active shooter teams put an end to the rampage, shooting Alexis dead. Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the gun battles produced acts of heroism she could not yet reveal.

'Everybody was panicking and trying to decide which way to get out. A few of us just ran out the side exit,' Patricia Ward, who works at the Navy Yard, told reporters.
Security guards told people to 'run, run, run,' Ward said.
It was the worst attack at a U.S. military installation since U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan opened fire on unarmed soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009, killing 13 people and wounding 31 others.
Hasan, who said he acted in retaliation for U.S. wars in Muslim countries, was convicted and sentenced to death by a military jury in August.
'We are confronting yet another mass shooting, and today it happened at another military installation, in our nation's capital,' said U.S. President Barack Obama, who vowed to enact 'sensible' gun control measures after a gunman shot dead 20 school children and six adults at an elementary school in Connecticut in December.
Alexis carried three weapons: a shotgun, and two handguns that he took from a police officer at the scene, according to two federal law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation.
For much of the day, authorities said they were looking for a possible second attacker who may have been disguised in an olive-drab military-style uniform.

But by late Monday night, they said they were convinced the shooting was the work of a lone gunman, and the lockdown around the area was eased.
'We do now feel comfortable that we have the single and sole person responsible for the loss of life inside the base today,' Washington police Chief Cathy Lanier said.

President Barack Obama lamented yet another mass shooting in the U.S. that he said took the lives of American 'patriots.' He promised to make sure 'whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible.'
Since he was identified as the shooter, reports have revealed that it was not the first time he was involved in a shooting.

In 2004, Alexis was arrested in Seattle for shooting the tires of a construction worker's car during what he later called an anger-fueled 'blackout.'
'He said that he didn’t remember pulling the trigger of his firearm until about one hour later,' according to the Seattle police report.
Later he said that he felt the intended victim 'disrespected' him.

The report states that his father said his anger issues stemmed back to his time in New York where he helped the rescue efforts following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The shooter's father told police 'that his son had experienced anger management problems that the family believed associated [sic] with PTSD.'
He was arrested in relation to that incident but never charged, an outcome repeated in Fort Worth, Texas where Alexis was living in 2010.

Then, he was arrested for discharging a firearm when his neighbor reported that he fired a shot into her apartment. At the time, Alexis claimed that his hand slipped when he was cleaning his gun while cooking at the same time, and that he accidentally fired the weapon.

New reports also claim that Alexis was arrested for a second time in DeKalb county, Georgia and spent two nights in jail over a disorderly conduct charge but no further details have been released about that incident.

Family members of the Washington shooter are 'distraught' to learn that he carried out the massacre, relatives told MailOnline today.
Alexis, a one-time Texas resident who was known to worship at a Buddhist temple, served in the military and most recently was furthering his education while holding a job in the private sector, his father, Algernon Alexis, told Reuters in a telephone interview.
'This comes as a complete shock,' the elder Alexis said when told his son was the suspected shooter.
Alexis served full time in the U.S. Navy Reserve from May 2007 to January 2011, becoming an aviation electrician, and he received the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Navy official told Reuters.
He was recently hired as a civilian information technology contractor to work on the Navy and Marine Corps intranet and was given a security clearance classified as 'secret,' his company's chief executive told Reuters.
A federal law enforcement official said he was living at a Residence Inn in Southwest Washington.

Alexis was arrested on September 4, 2010, in Fort Worth, Texas, on a misdemeanor charge of discharging a firearm but the case was dropped when investigators determined he was cleaning his gun and it accidentally fired, Tarrant County prosecutors said.
He was also arrested in Seattle in 2004 for shooting out a construction worker's car tires in an anger-fueled 'blackout' triggered by perceived 'disrespect,' according to the Seattle Police Department.
In recent years, he developed a love for Thai culture, learning to speak the language and working at the Happy Bowl restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2008, said Tiki Confer, 64, owner of another Thai restaurant nearby. He worshipped at a Buddhist temple, she said.
'He was a very nice boy. When I saw his picture on the news, I was shocked,' Confer said.
Throughout the late 1990s until 2002, he was listed as living in Manhattan and Queens in New York City. He is still registered as a voter in New York City.
The shooting rattled the U.S. capital, forcing the Federal Aviation Administration to briefly suspend departures at Reagan National Airport. The District of Columbia Public Schools put six schools and an administration building on lockdown as a precaution.

The Washington Nationals baseball team postponed their game against the Atlanta Braves scheduled for Monday night at nearby Nationals Park.
Washington police chief Cathy Lanier said investigators lifted the "shelter in place" for neighborhoods near the Navy Yard once they had exhausted all leads for a possible second shooter.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus called the Navy Yard shootings "an attack on the Navy family," and said the shooting revealed a potentially serious security breach.
Military personnel are generally banned from carrying weapons on military installations but most people with proper credentials are not routinely checked for firearms.

'It appears that we have at least 13 fatalities … it doesn’t get much more serious than that, obviously,' added Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray during an afternoon press briefing on Monday.

'We have no known motive at this stage. We will continue the investigation to try and figure out what that motive is.'
'We don’t have any reason to suspect terrorism, but certainly it has not been ruled out.’

Witnesses reported one man described as an African-American male dressed in military fatigues and armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle opening fire upon entering the base at the Naval Sea System Command HQ.
Todd Brundidge, an executive assistant with Navy Sea Systems Command, said he and other co-workers encountered a gunman in a long hallway of their building on the third floor. The gunman was wearing all blue, he said.

'He just turned and started firing,' Brundidge said.
Patricia Ward, who works at the Navy Yard, described how she was in the cafeteria when she heard 'three gunshots, pow-pow-pow, straight in a row.'
'All of the people that were in the cafeteria, we all panicked, and we were trying to decide which way we were going to run out,” she said to NBC News. “I just ran.'
Tim Hogan, a spokesman for Rep. Steven Horsford of Nevada, posted photos to his Twitter account of people helping someone who had been hit by gunfire.

Initial reports from the scene were that one of the suspects walked up to the facility, opened fire and then ran inside the building.

'The first call arrived, and ‘within 2 to 3 minutes, MPD officers were on the scene .. within 7 minutes we had active shooter teams … moving inside the building,' said Lanier.
Metro police got into ‘a final gun battle’ that killed the suspect.
‘One of the worst things we’ve seen in Washington, D.C.’
‘There was gunfire still going on’ while officers searched.
‘There’s no question he would have kept shooting’ if officers hadn’t killed him
Civilians inside the military complex described the frantic scenes that greeted them first thing on a Monday morning.

'There was three gunshots straight in a row,' said Patricia Ward, who works at the Navy Yard, describing how she first heard the gunfire while having breakfast at the headquarters building.

A few seconds later, Ward said she heard four more gunshots. Security guards rushed in and got people out as fast as they could – ''Run, run, run, 'they told people,' Ward told reporters.
Witnesses described a gunman opening fire from the fourth floor, aiming down on people in the first-floor cafeteria. Others said a gunman fired at them in a third-floor hallway.
As witnesses emerged from the building, a helicopter hovered overhead, schools were on lockdown and airplanes at nearby Reagan National Airport were briefly grounded. Security was beefed up at the Capitol, but officials said there was no known threat there.
About 3,000 people work at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, which builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and combat systems.
Todd Brundidge, an executive assistant with Navy Sea Systems Command, said he and other co-workers encountered a gunman in a long hallway of their building on the third floor. The gunman was wearing all blue, he said.
'He just turned and started firing,' Brundidge said.
Terrie Durham, an executive assistant with the same agency, said she also saw the gunman firing toward her and Brundridge.

'He aimed high and missed,' she said. 'He said nothing. As soon as I realized he was shooting, we just said, "Get out of the building."'
Rick Mason, a program management analyst who is a civilian with the U.S. Navy, said a gunman was shooting from a fourth floor overlook in the hallway outside his office. He said the Alexis was aiming down at people in the building's cafeteria on the first floor. Mason said he could hear the shots but could not see a gunman.
Shortly after the gunfire, Mason said someone on an overhead speaker told workers to seek shelter and later to head for the gates at the complex.

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By Michael Pearson. Ed Payne and Pamela Brown, CNN
updated 11:51 AM EDT, Wed September 18, 2013

Shooter's mother: 'I am so, so very sorry'

"I'll never be able to ask him why" he did what he did, Cathleen Alexis says
Initial security review to be complete in two weeks, admiral tells congressional panel
Video shows Alexis going into a bathroom, walking out with a shotgun, official says
Navy vet, contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 at Washington's Navy Yard

Washington (CNN) -- Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis' mother apologized Wednesday for her son's actions, saying she was glad that he is "now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone."
"I don't know why he did what he did, and I'll never be able to ask him why," Cathleen Alexis said in a statement recorded by CNN.
"I'm so, so very sorry this has happened. My heart is broken," she said.
Her statement comes two days after Aaron Alexis, a military contractor, shot and killed 12 people at the historic Navy base. The facility was closed again Wednesday to all but a few employees as authorities worked to piece together what triggered the shooting.
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So far, their investigation has uncovered little to explain the rampage, a senior law enforcement source told CNN.
Federal investigators have collected Alexis' computer and other possessions from the hotel where he spent his last days, the source said. They also worked to talk to people he'd met since coming to Washington three weeks before Monday's shooting spree at the Navy Yard.
But nothing so far has pointed to a specific motive for the killings, a second law enforcement source told CNN.
There are potential clues: In August, he told police in Newport, Rhode Island, that he was hearing voices and was convinced that someone was using a "microwave machine" to send vibrations into his body to keep him awake, according to an incident report.
Read the police report
He'd sought help from Veterans Affairs hospitals around the capital, law enforcement sources told CNN. One said he was hearing voices and having problems sleeping.
His checkered history as a Navy sailor and run-ins with police also seemed to offer clues into a sometimes troubled personality.
But even that, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said, offered no hint that Alexis was dangerous.
"Looking at the offenses while he was in the Navy, the offenses while he was in uniform, none of those give you an indication that he was capable of this sort of brutal, vicious violence," Kirby told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
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Meanwhile, hospital officials said one of the three hospitalized victims of the attack had been released. The woman had been injured by a bullet that struck behind her ear, doctors previously said. Two other people -- a civilian and a Washington police officer -- remain hospitalized in fair condition, doctors say. The officer, Scott Williams, is believed to have fired the shot that killed Alexis, ending his rampage.
If you have information regarding Aaron Alexis or the Navy Yard shooting, call 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit the FBI's website.
Who were the victims?
Investigators scour crime scene, hotel and beyond
Authorities say Alexis entered the Navy Yard on Monday morning using a valid identification card. He went into Building 197, where the killings all took place, carrying a bag that may have contained a disassembled shotgun, a federal law enforcement source said. Surveillance video shows him walking into a bathroom in the building and coming out with the shotgun, the official said.
Two days before Monday's shooting, Alexis spent "a couple hours" shooting at Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in northern Virginia before paying $419 for a Remington 870 shotgun and a small amount of ammunition, said the store's attorney, J. Michael Slocum. Alexis passed a federal background check for the purchase, Slocum said.
Witness: 'He aimed his gun at us' and fired

While authorities have provided few details of what happened inside Building 197, witnesses reported seeing what appeared to be a determined gunman taking aim at seemingly random victims. Twelve people died and eight were wounded. The rampage ended when Alexis was shot to death.
Federal law enforcement sources say authorities recovered three guns from the scene: a shotgun and two handguns. The two handguns, sources say, may have been taken from guards at the naval base.
FBI teams remained at the base Wednesday amid a nationwide investigation that U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said could take "weeks and months."

Authorities also pleaded for the public's help.
"No piece of information is too small," Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office, said Tuesday.

Who is Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis?
Hearing voices
While Alexis' employer, an information technology contractor called The Experts, said it had no reports of trouble with him from Navy bases where he had worked over the summer, a picture was building of an increasingly troubled mind.
On August 7, Alexis told police in Newport, Rhode Island, that he believed he was being followed by three people who had been dispatched by someone with whom he'd quarreled, a police report said.
He said they had been sent to "follow him and keep him awake by talking to him and sending vibrations into his body," according to the report.
Alexis said he hadn't seen any of these people, but insisted they'd followed him between three hotels in the area -- the last being a Marriott, where police investigating a harassment complaint stopped to talk with him.
There, Alexis told authorities the unseen individuals continued speaking to him through walls and the floor. He said they used "some sort of microwave machine" to send vibrations into his body to keep him awake.
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He added, according to the police report, that "he does not have a history of mental illness in his family and that he never had any sort of mental episode." Nonetheless, a police sergeant alerted authorities at Naval Station Newport to Alexis "hearing voices." Reached Tuesday, officials at the base referred CNN to the FBI, which declined to comment.

That lines up with law enforcement reports that Alexis had sought treatment at two capital-area Veterans Affairs hospitals. One law enforcement source told CNN that Alexis told hospital officials he was hearing voices and having problems sleeping.
Benita Bell met Alexis last week at the Residence Inn where he was staying before the shootings.
On the Tuesday before the shootings, he seemed "engaging, present, connected," Bell told CNN. On Wednesday, he seemed markedly different -- stressed and hurried, she said.
"He said he was extremely tired, exhausted," Bell said.


Earlier incidents
The Navy moved to discharge Alexis in 2010 due to what two Navy officials described as a "pattern of misconduct." Those incidents involved insubordination, disorderly conduct, unauthorized absences from work and at least one instance of drunkenness, a U.S. defense official told CNN.
Because of a lack of evidence, authorities were unable to get a general discharge that might have had an impact on his ability to get civilian work, the official said. Instead, he was given an honorable discharge and later hired as a civilian military contractor after passing security reviews.
There also were run-ins with police, beyond the Newport incident. Seattle police arrested Alexis in 2004 on accusations that he shot out the tires of another man's vehicle in what he later told detectives was an anger-fueled "blackout." He was arrested in 2008 in DeKalb County, Georgia, on a disorderly conduct charge.

Friends said Alexis didn't seem capable of such violence.
"Aaron was a very polite, very friendly man," said Kristi Suthamtewakul, a friend and former housemate.
But he was frustrated about pay and benefits issues after a one-month contracting stint in Japan last year, Suthamtewakul said.
"He got back and he felt very slighted about his benefits at the time," she said. "Financial issues. He wasn't getting paid on time, he wasn't getting paid what he was supposed to be getting paid."
"That's when I first started hearing statements about how he wanted to move out of America," Suthamtewakul said. "He was very frustrated with the government and how, as a veteran, he didn't feel like he was getting treated right or fairly."
Another friend, Texas resident Michael Ritrovato, said Alexis never showed signs of aggressiveness or violence, although he played a lot of shooting video games.

"It's incredible that this is all happening, because he was a very good-natured guy," Ritrovato said. "It seemed like he wanted to get more out of life."
Friend Melinda Downs described Alexis as "very intellectual" and of "sound" mind -- saying if he did hear voices, "he hid it very well." The two spoke as recently as a week ago, at which time Downs said she had no hints of what was to come.
"It is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," she said. "Who was this guy?"
Security questions
Vetting military contractors: How did gunman get in?
The revelations about Alexis' past have led to questions about whether he should have retained his security clearance after leaving the Navy or been allowed to obtain a job working on military bases.
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he Experts -- the contracting firm for which Alexis worked for about six months over the past year -- said the last of two background checks it conducted in June on Alexis "revealed no issues other than one minor traffic violation."
Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Tuesday that he felt Alexis' infractions "were kind of swept under the rug."
"It is real easy to just pass the buck along to another military base or, in this instance, a defense contractor," the Texas Republican said Tuesday. "...There are so many red flags that popped up in this case."
On Wednesday, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the Navy chief of operations, told a congressional committee that an initial review of security and access controls at Navy installations around the world would be completed within two weeks.


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