Recognizing the tremendous service that first responders provided today D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray expressed his deep sorrow at the tragic loss of human life in the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard and he thanked the first responders for their bravery and hard work in the aftermath of the tragedy.
“I am deeply saddened by today’s senseless act of violence, which is the deadliest single incident in the District in more than three decades,” said Mayor Gray. “I want to express my deepest sympathies to the families of those whose lives were lost, and my thoughts and prayers are with those who suffered injuries – and particularly our first responders, who reacted to this incident with unflinching and unstinting bravery.”
Police Chief Cathy Lanier asked the public to assist law enforcement officials by calling 1-800-CALL FBI if they have any information that would help police in their investigation. The FBI released a photograph of the man who was killed in the shootout with police. He was identified as 34-year old Aaron Alexis. Authorities believe that Alexis was the man involved in the shootings at the Navy Yard. Chief Lanier said that at least 12 people were killed in the shooting today. Investigators are currently compiling additional information as the investigation continues.
“Our public-safety agencies are continuing to coordinate with their federal and regional counterparts in the response to, and investigation of, this event. I want to thank the leaders and rank-and-file personnel from the Metropolitan Police Department and D.C. Fire & Emergency Medical Services for their brave and tireless work today, and every day,” Gray said.