On Sept. 16, 2013, Washington D.C. Mayor Gray held a press conference announcing the latest news and updates in the Washington Navy Yard shooting. You may watch those remarks in the video player to the left.
At approximately 8 a.m., Sept. 16, 2013, an armed gunman was reported on the grounds of the Washington Navy Yard. The location is a command central for Navy operation and is located approximately 4 miles from the White House. It currently houses approximately 3,000 employees who arrived to work as they do any typical day. The death toll is currently 13, but that includes the alleged shooter Aaron Alexis, 34. The F.B.I. released photos of Alexis and asked citizens with any information, regardless how trivial or inconsequential it might seem, to contact them immediately.
Earlier reports of two additional gunman prompted police to rule out one; however, investigators are still tracking down information leading to one more possible gunman seen at the shooting site wearing military-style clothing. It remains unclear whether Alexis acted alone or if another gunman remains at large.
Mayor Gray stated that authorities will be cautious regarding how much information is released to the press because this is still an active investigation. He did release an official statement in addition to the press conference.
Mayor Gray stated, “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.”
“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 DC Fire & Emergency Medical Services for their brave and tireless work today, and every day.”