- Title: USA: At least 12 dead in shooting at Navy Yard in Washington DC.
- Date: 16th September 2013
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 16, 2013) (REUTERS) WIDE OF SCENE
- Embargoed: 1st October 2013 13:00
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA62YKD4EJVKFAXATSDL9DAKC0X
- Story Text: At least 12 people were killed in a shooting on Monday (September 16) at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington. One suspected gunman was among the dead and authorities were searching for one other possible assailant wearing military-style clothing, officials said.
Police had said earlier in the day they were looking for two possible suspects. One was described as black man, about 50, with a long gun a drab olive military uniform, and a white man with a pistol, a Navy-style short-sleeved khaki uniform and a beret.
Washington, D.C. Police later tweeted "The white male in the tan outfit has been identified and is not a suspect or a person of interest." No update on the other suspect was given.
The exact number of dead and wounded fluctuated in the hours following the shooting, which took place about three miles (5 km) from the White House, starting about 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT).
The Washington D.C. mayor and the police chief said there were 12 fatalities in the shooting at the Naval Sea Systems Command, one of five such commands where civilians, military personnel and contractors build, buys and maintain Navy ships and submarines. About 3,000 people work there.
"At this hour it appears that we have at least 12 fatalities and we're continue to try to ascertain how serious this situation is," said Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.
"We have no known motive at this stage. There were people who asked if this was a terrorist event. We don't have any reason to think that at this stage but we're continuing that investigation to try to to determine what the motive is," Gray said.
Among the injured was a District of Columbia police officer, who was in stable condition in surgery, and one other law enforcement officer, officials said.
Dozens of police and emergency vehicles surrounded the complex in southeast Washington. Helicopters circled the headquarters with some touching down on the building's roof.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it briefly suspended departures at Reagan National Airport. The District of Columbia Public Schools have put six schools and an administration building on lockdown as a precaution.
The Washington Navy Yard is the oldest shore facility of the U.S. Navy. A former shipyard and ordinance plant, the facility in southeast Washington is currently home to the Naval Sea Systems Command, Navy museum and other facilities.
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