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Deadly shooting at Washington Navy Yard

© Photo: AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-09-16

At least 13 people including one gunman were killed in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in the US capital on Monday, officials said. Two other potential shooters, described as wearing “military style uniforms”, are still at large.

At least 12 people were killed and four injured in a shooting rampage at the US capital’s Navy Yard on Monday, officials said, carried out by up to three gunmen.

One of the suspected shooters is among the dead, police said, but another two suspects, described as wearing military style uniforms, remain at large.

On Monday afternoon, officials named the dead man as Alexis Aaron, who they said had served in the US Naval reserves from May 2007 to January 2011.

Shots were first reported at the heavily guarded headquarters at around 8:36 a.m. local time (12:36 GMT), according to a police spokesman.

Local media reports showed dozens of police and emergency vehicles surrounding the Washington Navy Yard complex in southeast DC, just 2.6 miles (4 km) from the White House.

Helicopters circled the headquarters with some touching down on the building’s roof, according to a live feed by Washington’s WJLA-TV.

Police hunt suspects in military uniforms

Washington, DC police chief Cathy Lanier said that the shooting had claimed at least 12 lives, including that of an unidentified gunman, and that the motive for the killings remained unclear.

"The big concern for us right now is that we potentially have two other shooters that we have not located at this point," Lanier said.

She described one potential suspect as a white man in a uniform similar to a naval uniform carrying a handgun, last seen at around 8:30 a.m. at around the time of the shooting.

"We also have a lookout potentially for another shooter involved that was a black male, approximately 50 years of age, who may have been in possession of a long gun," she said.

"That person was wearing an olive-drab coloured military style uniform. 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."

The Washington Navy Yard, where around 3,000 people work, is currently home to the Naval Sea Systems Command, Navy museum and other facilities.

A former shipyard and ordnance plant, the complex is the oldest shore facility of the US Navy.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it briefly suspended departures at Reagan National Airport following the incident. The District of Columbia Public Schools have put six schools and an administration building on lockdown as a precaution.

A White House official said President Barack Obama had been briefed on the shooting, which came less than three weeks after US Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for murdering 13 people in a shooting spree 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-09-16

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