DC POLICE CHIEF: At least 13 dead in Washington Navy Yard shooting, Texas resident identified as shooter
POSTED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 4:49pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 9:26pm
(KETK) — Shots were fired Monday morning inside the Washington Navy Yard, the U.S. Navy tweeted.
The Washington D.C. Police Chief says there are 13 dead as a result of the shooting.
The confirmed shooter has been identified as Aaron Alexis, 34, of Ft. Worth, Texas. Alexis is orginally from New York. Police say they were able to identify Alexis by his fingerprints. Officials say he recently began working as a civilian contractor. The number of actual shooters is unknown at this time. The FBI is seeking information from anyone who knew him. Please call 800-CALL-FBI or submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov
Alexis was living in Flushing, New York in 2000. He is still a registered voter in that city.
He is currently a resident of Ft. Worth but his ex-roomate says that he has not seen Alexis in three months.
KETK will update information as it becomes available.
The following is a press release from the Navy:
An active shooter was reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building (Bldg. 197) on the Washington Navy Yard at 8:20 a.m. (Eastern Time).
There is one confirmed injury. Emergency personnel are on scene and a "shelter in place" order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel.
The Naval Sea Systems Command's headquartes is the work place for about 3,000 people.
The organization is comprised of command staff, headquarters directorates, affiliated Program Executive Offices (PEOs) and numerous field activities. Together, we engineer, build, buy and maintain ships, submarines and combat systems that meet the Fleet's current and future operational requirements.
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the largest of the Navy's five system commands. With a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion, NAVSEA accounts for one quarter of the Navy's entire budget. With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems.
Details are extremely limited.
KETK will continue to update as more information is released on this developing story.