Washington D.C. Chief of Police, Cathy Lanier, has confirmed that as many as two suspects are at large, following a horrific Navy Yard shooting at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command.
Two at-large suspects were described as a white and black man, both wearing military uniforms and carrying firearms. A third suspect, Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas, was killed on the scene. Alexis worked as a civilian contractor.
12 people were killed, as a result of the Navy Yard shooting. The number of injured was not clear.
President Barack Obama called the Navy Yard shooting a “cowardly act.” He stated that the suspects targeted patriots, military and civilian alike, “men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us.”
NBC's Jim Miklaszewski reports on the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. and shares the latest information.
Terrie Durham, who works at the Naval Sea Systems Command building, said she saw a gunman who appeared to be wearing dark fatigues. Another worker there, Todd Brundidge, said he heard a fire alarm go off, and later saw the gunman come around the corner.
“He turned our way and started firing, and we ran downstairs to get out of the building,” Brundidge said. “No words. He raised the gun and started firing.”
A naval security guard was among those shot and was hit in both legs, U.S. military officials said. Washington city police told WRC, the NBC affiliate in Washington, that one of their officers was also among those shot. It was not clear how many of the others shot were civilian and how many were military.
The Navy Yard shooting happened just 5 days after the nation remembered those that died in the September 11th attacks. Such a shooting has not occurred at a military installation since 13 people were killed at Fort Hood, Texas in 2009.