At approximately 8:30 a.m., reports were received that shots were fired inside the Naval Sea Systems Command. This unit is one of the largest Navy command systems. This unit is responsible for building or buying as well as maintaining the Navy’s fleet of ships and submarines. It also oversees the combat systems for the fleet.
As of the noon information being released, the D.C. Police Department has confirmed four victims have died and several others have been wounded. No word on the condition of those injured has been released pending notification of families. It is also reported that authorities believe there was one or more shooters. There are also rumors that one gunman is dead on the scene. However, there also appears to be an ongoing hunt for another suspect. This has not been confirmed.
The Navy Yard in D.C. has approximately 3,000 employees. According to witness reports one or more shooters opened fire on the fourth floor of the building. Local and federal law enforcement units have responded to the scene and are investigating the shooting.
Streets have been blocked off. All movement on the Anacostia River from Haines Point to the John Philip Sousa Bridge has been suspended. All air traffic in and out of Reagan National Airport has stopped. Limited access to the security zone established by the U.S. Coast Guard must be authorized by the Port of Baltimore Captain.
"This zone is necessary to safeguard persons and property from events unfolding at the Washington Navy Yard," said Lt. Cmdr. Richard Armstrong, the chief of Incident Management at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those persons and families involved in today's incident."
Reportedly, the president has been notified and is receiving regular updates on the situation.
Also, according to the Navy, the Washington D.C. Metro Police Department is advising family members of Washington Navy Yard employees to meet family members at Nationals Stadium Parking Lot B, South Capitol & K St SE. Family members needing information can contact the Warfighter and Family Support Center at 202-433-6151 or 202-433-9713.