The Washington Navy Yard shooting that occurred around 8:20 a.m. this morning has now claimed 13 lives, including that of one of the suspected gunman. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced the mounting death toll at a late afternoon news conference. The suspected Navy Yard shooter has been identified by officials as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old man from Texas, according to The Washington Post.
The shooting triggered chaos and fear throughout the Washington D.C. area today, as authorities are still unclear as to how many shooters were responsible for the rampage.
One shooter, Aaron Alexis, is among the 13 confirmed dead. Police originally believed up to two other shooters may be involved, but one has since been located and cleared.
However, as of Monday afternoon police are still unsure if one other possible suspect is still at large. Anyone with information on the man is asked to call 202-727-9099.
Chief Lanier described the other possible suspect, who has not yet been located, as a black man in possibly in his 40s, with gray sideburns and wearing an "olive-drab military-style uniform".
CBS reports that according to the Navy, approximately 3,000 people work in the military building. Several others were wounded, some critically, but details are limited so far as the focus remains on securing the situation.
No motive is yet known or is being released to the public. The believed two suspects were both wearing military-style uniforms and carrying multiple weapons. It's also not know whether either worked for the military.
Senate buildings on Capitol Hill went on lockdown at around 3 p.m. with no one allowed to enter or leave the building. Ten public and charter schools and an administration building in the District were also placed on lockdown.
Flights out of Reagan National Airport were briefly halted. The Nationals, whose ballpark is located near the Navy Yard, postponed Monday night's game, opting to play a doubheader Tuesday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m..