Breaking: Lone shooter at Washington Navy Yard; Update: Barricaded in a single room? Update: Four dead, NBC reports; Update: Suspect dead

posted at 9:08 am on September 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Update: I’m adding CBS’s video report at the top of the post.

Original post follows …

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A lone shooter has shot several people at the Washington Navy Yard in DC, with local and military police responding to the gunfire.  There’s not a tremendous amount of information yet, but NBC and CBS have flash reports on the situation:

Police are searching for an active shooter on the grounds of the Washington Navy Yard after several people were shot Monday morning.

The U.S. Navy says three shots were fired at 8:20 a.m. at building #197 at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters. Several people have been shot, News4′s Jackie Benson reported. Benson says the suspect is inside a military building and is armed with a rifle.

Local CBS affiliate WUSA has more:

A police official says they received the report at 8:26 a.m.  Police are looking for a shooter in a military building near 8th and M Street SE.

The official says they do not know how many people may have been shot. According to the Associated Press, there is at least one victim.

DC Fire EMS units are on the scene. Fire officials say there are victims, but there is no confirmation of numbers yet. Officials say a medic unit, ambulance, and an engine company are responding as well as some EMS supervisors.

The Naval Yard houses the offices of the chief of Naval Operations, so this may or may not be a so-called local crime story.  I’ll update this post as more comes in.

Update: The comms director for Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) tweeted out this photo:

Update (9:41 am ET): The Washington Post reports that the gunman has barricaded himself into a single room now:

A police spokesman confirmed at 9:20 a.m. that the officer was shot near the room where a lone gunman has barricaded himself after allegedly shooting at least three people on the Navy Yard grounds in Southeast Washington.

The U.S. Navy said that three shots were fired around 8:20 a.m. at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building, where about 3,000 people work.

Police said that at least three, possibly four, people were shot. All are in critical condition, authorities said.

That’s good news, if the police can contain him there.  Hopefully the injured will survive their wounds.

Update (9:47): Reagan National Airport has imposed a “ground stop” until the situation is secured:

And NBC reports seven wounded, including two police officers:

Update (10:13): NBC reports four fatalities:

Update (10:17): More than one shooter? WaPo says three, according to police sources:

But MSNBC retracted their own report on that point:

Everything in my timeline still suggests a lone gunman.

Update (10:21): WaPo sticking with three gunmen, according to police spokeswoman:

Police say three shooters, including at least one in fatigues, have shot at least 10 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday..

Police said at least one of the shooters is “down,” but it was unclear whether that means the suspect has been arrested or shot. Two remain at large, and police believe they have pinned down one between the third and fourth floors of one of the buildings on the installation in Southeast Washington.

I’m wondering if the police are getting confused on this point, so take this with a grain of salt for the moment.

Update (noon): I’ve waited a while to post another update, simply because media reports became too contradictory to determine what was accurate.  Most now are reporting a single gunman has been killed in the standoff:

At least one gunman opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, and officials said several people were killed and as many as 10 were wounded, including a law enforcement officer.

A shooter had died, though it wasn’t immediately clear how, according to a Defense Department official and federal law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Two other officials have said police were looking into the possibility of a second shooter.

It appears that the shooter was a disgruntled worker:

We’ll certainly find out more in the hours to come.

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Bmore on September 16, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Drunk fruit loop Eleanor Holmes Norton speaking …

” … with all of these guns loose in society, it doesn’t take a terrorist to do what was done today …”

Pork-Chop on September 16, 2013 at 2:23 PM

obama “will shake his groove thing” tonight at the White House …

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/16/First-lady–Obama-will-shake-his-groove-thing

Pork-Chop on September 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM

POS

Resist We Much on September 16, 2013 at 2:25 PM

We NEED to ask the important quaestions – that apparently EVEN ED refuses to ask because he is so COWED by The Transonous Palace Guard Media:

1. What the Phrase “Allahu-Ahkbar” heard at any time during this?

2. Were ANY of the shooters Muslim?

3. Were ANY of the shooters “Middle-Eastern Looking“>

The answers to THESE questions – SHOULD BE IN THE HEADLINE!!!

williamg on September 16, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Twelve dead is a lot of disgruntle.

Cindy Munford on September 16, 2013 at 2:29 PM

12 dead at Navy yard shooting

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 2:29 PM

obama “will shake his groove thing” tonight at the White House …

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/16/First-lady–Obama-will-shake-his-groove-thing

Pork-Chop on September 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Dead link

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

FWIW, I’ve been to that facility. My impression is that the security is designed to make sure only people who should be there get in, but as a guest I had no problem entering with my nephew, an NCIS officer who worked there. If the shooter had an ID, no problem getting in. Since you can drive in, if you had an ID you could get anything in with you that would fit in your car & wasn’t the size of an artillery piece.

There was a significant security checkpoint to enter the actual building we went in. Identified at that point and logged in. I don’t remember which building it was now. My nephew was receiving an award, and numerous big shots were present. (The Secretary of the Navy was supposed to present the award, NCIS Agent of the Year, but was called away and his deputy was there.) I think the security to get in was routine.

So from my experience, the shooter would have had no problem getting in to the facility if he had a work ID, but would have had problems entering a building with a rifle..

novaculus on September 16, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Meanwhile in Chigago… Thousands of “gunmen” are on the loose who definitely will commit crimes in the near future and what is being done about it?

[insert cricket noise here]

TX-eye on September 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Dead link

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Yep. Let’s try again …

obama Will ‘Shake His Groove Thing’ –

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/lady-obama-shake-groove-thing-20271259

Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin To Sing At White House Latin Music Event

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2013/09/16/gloria-estefan-ricky-martin-to-sing-at-white-house-latin-music-event/

Pork-Chop on September 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

But but but…they’ll have a “moment of silence” at the WH hootenanny tonight, right?

See. They do care.

Jomama on September 16, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Pork-Chop on September 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Surely they will cancel this party in light of today’s events, right?

OmahaConservative on September 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Wow, perfect timing for the carnival of the uSA

Michelle Obama says the beats and melodies in Latin music are so irresistible that even President Barack Obama “will shake his groove thing” Monday night.

Gloria Estefan, Romeo Santos, Lila Downs, Marco Antonio Solis and other top Latin musicians are joining the Obamas to tape the latest installment of the PBS series “In Performance at the White House.” It will celebrate the various styles of Latin music during Hispanic Heritage Month, which began Sunday.

Obama is scheduled to make brief remarks.

The first lady spoke during a late-morning workshop for local high school students with some of the artists, including Estefan and her husband, Emilio, of Miami Sound Machine.

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 2:46 PM

The eternal hyena in chief

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 2:47 PM

washtimes is saying 12 dead.

ted c on September 16, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson says players are being told they can come to Nationals Park stadium; ‘I think we’re going to play. We’re here. I don’t know’ – @JamesWagnerWP

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 2:49 PM

ABC reporting that “white male” no longer suspect.

Left mourns.

mankai on September 16, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 2:46 PM

IOW, just another Vegas moment after another shooting at a military base.

txhsmom on September 16, 2013 at 2:50 PM

White male no longer a suspect.

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Rumor: “Special ATF team” that went house to house in Boston headed to D. C.

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Shooter may have been 34 yo who got in with former employee’s ID.

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Shooter may have been 34 yo who got in with former employee’s ID.

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 2:56 PM

So the ’50 yo Navy man with recent change of status’ story is bogus as well? Maybe this is just another bad piece of reporting on our way to eventually getting to the truth?

Rumor: “Special ATF team” that went house to house in Boston headed to D. C.

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Because they did so well in Boston? Where’s the guy who found Tsarnaev in his boat? I think he will do a better job of finding any other possible shooters.

NotCoach on September 16, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Government officials bragging that park police only took seven minutes to be on scene.

Unarmed military has to wait seven minutes in a shooting gallery to wait on park police… disgusting.

mankai on September 16, 2013 at 3:17 PM

This appears to be the 34 year-old suspect, ID’ed as Aaron Alexis …

http://www.justmugshots.com/texas/fort-worth/814064

http://www.bustedmugshots.com/image/get/listing/mug-shot-45611151.jpg

This is a Forth Worth police mugshot from 2010

Pork-Chop on September 16, 2013 at 3:17 PM

John Nolte got a tip he may have stolen the ar-15 from a dead officer. Not only is he black, he may have gotten that military issue rifle Resist We Much speculated about after all. Not going well for verbulace and the left wing cranks narrative.

jawkneemusic on September 16, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Tonights game has been cxll’d…

OmahaConservative on September 16, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Be nice to him, RWM.
 
rogerb on September 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM

 
RWM is very nice to me.
She makes sense, responds OT and substantively, and is very direct.
 
verbaluce on September 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

 
I admit to assuming people posting here are more clever than average. Sorry. I’ll try harder to remember not everyone is.
 
It is very considerate of you to constantly remind us, though, and good for you, too. I’d wager most people would try to draw attention away from that sort of thing.
 
BTW, your post wasn’t even ten entries under my OT, substantive, very direct, and still-unanswered Hassan/workplace-violence question. Nicely done.
 
Don’t you remember our recent discussion where I tried to help you understand why you have so little credibility here and, for that matter, why your posts/positions require so little effort to counter?
 
Some might say it’s so easy that you could do it.
 
(Don’t worry when you don’t catch that. It’s not written for you.)

rogerb on September 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM

So the ’50 yo Navy man with recent change of status’ story is bogus as well?

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Two suspects are still at large …

2:15 p.m.

… D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says they are still searching for a white male, 40 to 50 years of age, wearing a tan military-style uniform .

..

… and a black male, 40 to 50 years of age, wearing a green military-style uniform, described as having a medium complexion and gray side burns.

Pork-Chop on September 16, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Shelter in place = cower in a corner.

Kissmygrits on September 16, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Zawahiri called for crap like this last week, so it may be just a coincidence.

But damned curious timing.

profitsbeard on September 16, 2013 at 3:35 PM

White male no longer a suspect.

Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Chief Moose hardest hit.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM

One of two “suspects” cleared.

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 3:38 PM

White male no longer a suspect.
 
Schadenfreude on September 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

 
(D)s win big?

rogerb on September 16, 2013 at 3:42 PM

D.C. delegate Eleanor Holmes, interviewed on FOX, just blamed our society that has “so many guns in it” these things are happening too frequently.

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Aaron Alexis is your shooter.

Fox comes out of the gate with this:

“In 2009, someone named Aaron Alexis (in Texas) was involved in a firearms discharge call in an apartment building. No charges were filed.”

FOX REPORTED THIS! This is the realm of Wolf “I failed totally on Jeopardy” Blitzer.

Unbelievable. Waiting for Ross to find a connection to the TEA Party.

BobMbx on September 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Senate on lockdown.

Pussies.

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Possible ID…

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/09/16/nbc-news-dead-naval-yard-shooter-is-34-year-old-from-texas-used-id-of-man-who-once-worked-at-facility/

Walter L. Newton on September 16, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Yeah, I’ve been reading Rollie Chance may actually be connected. Alexis may have used his ID to gain access to the facility. If true, how did he get it? Supposedly Chance was also recently demoted. What does that mean? Was his access revoked or restricted as well if he was demoted? If it was, why was the card still working?

NotCoach on September 16, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Assault rifle:

Two law enforcement officials said the shooter is among the 12 dead. The dead shooter had an assault rifle and a handgun, two law enforcement officials said. One said he also had a shotgun.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/police-search-for-active-shooter-on-grounds-of-washington-navy-yard-in-southeast-dc/2013/09/16/b1d72b9a-1ecb-11e3-b7d1-7153ad47b549_story.html

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I’m wondering how NSA missed this.

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 3:53 PM

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 3:49 PM

How come nobody ever says anything about those assault pistols? They’re just as scary and evil as the rifle kind.

Oldnuke on September 16, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Somebody is feeling left out:

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Navy Yard shooting: State’s ‘law enforcement resources remain ready to assist authorities as the investigation moves forward’ – @GovernorVA

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Well that’s just horrible.

Although I am curious how the police reports of 3 men, 2 in fatigues goes “away”? Did someone just make that up? Yet another conspiracy angle which will be ran with by infowars.com. Not that I blame them given our corrupt media and government.

fatlibertarianinokc on September 16, 2013 at 4:00 PM

So is this “lover takes revenge for disgruntled employee” or “win/win for me and my jihadi friend”?

ROCnPhilly on September 16, 2013 at 4:01 PM

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 3:49 PM

How come nobody ever says anything about those assault pistols? They’re just as scary and evil as the rifle kind.

Oldnuke on September 16, 2013 at 3:54 PM

“One said he also had a shotgun.” This reminds me of those old private eye jokes: “She had a pair of 45s. She also had a gun.”

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Well that’s just horrible.

Although I am curious how the police reports of 3 men, 2 in fatigues goes “away”? Did someone just make that up? Yet another conspiracy angle which will be ran with by infowars.com. Not that I blame them given our corrupt media and government.

fatlibertarianinokc on September 16, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Panicked people giving conflicting accounts. They went away because there is no evidence to support the claims. Although I think they are still leaving the possibility of more shooters open for now just to cover their asses. Which is fine.

NotCoach on September 16, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Feel the love:

New York Times’ @ThomasErdbrink tweets that he is tweeting without restrictions from Iran

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

“One said he also had a shotgun.” This reminds me of those old private eye jokes: “She had a pair of 45s. She also had a gun.”

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 4:01 PM

If the shooter confiscated the 9mm pistol and AR15 he supposedly had from law enforcement officials he supposedly shot, what does this say about Joe “Just Two Blasts Through the Door!” Biden’s advice about keeping one’s self safe from violent attack? Because if all of the above is true this man brought nothing but a shotgun, and even those equipped with super scary banana clips (20 or 30 round magazines) couldn’t stop him at first. I’m starting to think the only thing that will keep me safe in this world is an electric gatling gun that I can shoot into the air a la Biden style. Two shotgun blasts into the door/air ain’t gonna cut it.

NotCoach on September 16, 2013 at 4:11 PM

NotCoach,

I thought those reports came from law enforcement? This seems to be a recurring theme when we have a mass shooting. Even cops at the scene can’t get their stories straight. Or they seem to fabricate them. For instance Tsarnaev was in the boat heavily armed with a gun. This came from local law enforcement. Well it turns out he was not armed. Then the question is – who gave the faulty information and why?

Seems like within the last 4-5 years now whenever there’s a mass shooting they get details wrong on a massive scale and in ways in which they did not years ago. Oh well, I’m just paranoid because if they’ll violate our rights to “fight terrorism and the greater good”, then why not kill innocents for the “greater good”? I just don’t trust this government at all anymore.

God help us.

Sigh.

fatlibertarianinokc on September 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Police: FBI will lead investigation into Washington Navy Yard shooting – @nbcwashington

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM

fatlibertarianinokc on September 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Well, I don’t believe law enforcement ever confirmed there were two or three shooters. I think they were working worse case scenario based on eyewitness accounts.

NotCoach on September 16, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Rumor: Dead shooter gained access via fingerprint scan.

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM

This guy Aaron Alexis mug shot, and yeah he’s black. Nobody in the msm will tell you that. lol

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://www.bustedmugshots.com/texas/fort-worth/aaron-alexis/45611151

fatlibertarianinokc on September 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

BAN FINGERPRINT SCANNERS!

fatlibertarianinokc on September 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM

looks like we learned nothing from FT> Hood. But then again since our leaders would rather act like children and not confront the reason for FT. Hood I expected nothing to change because iof it. I don’t know what caused this but I do know that if only our “leaders” would have looked at Ft. Hood as a non-political event that could have been a learning experience to stop this kind of thing instead of trying to bury the story because of political “blowback” then those 12 people would be alive today. To hell with this government they are nothing but political beings unable to lead.

unseen on September 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM

@CBSNews reports the#NavyYardShooting suspect, Aaron Alexis, had been arrested in Seattle on charges of Malicious Mischief.

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Washington, DC, police chief says suspect in Navy Yard shooting died in shootout with officers – @nbcwashington

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Now for some pertinent news:

Reps for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth say engagement is off between the 2 stars – @peoplemag

davidk on September 16, 2013 at 4:38 PM

You are a racist Christian fanatic if you saw this coming, you inbred teabaggers. —Regular Right Guy …Full Caf Americano

Mornin Mojo on September 16, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Mornin Mojo on September 16, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Thanks SO much for sharing that.

What the getalife was it?

Del Dolemonte on September 16, 2013 at 6:13 PM

When did he decide to follow mohamet?

Murphy9 on September 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM

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