Washington Navy Yard employees evacuate the premises, due to a coordinated mass shooting. PHOTO: Reuters
UPDATE: Another fatality has been confirmed, bringing the total to thirteen, including shooter Aaron Alexis.
One of the potential gunman connected to the Washington Navy Yard shooting has been deemed "not a person of interest" by law enforcement. The only confirmed shooter is Aaron Alexis, now deceased. Police are still looking for an African American male, 40-50, 5' 10" with graying sideburns in a drab olive military uniform.
UPDATE: The dead gunman at the Washington Navy Yard shooting has been identified as Aaron Alexis, a 34 year-old male. Authorities are still on the hunt for two potential accomplices to Alexis.
UPDATE: At least twelve people are dead from the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, according to CNN. The potential shooter still at large is described as a African American male, 40-50, 5' 10" with graying sideburns in an olive military uniform. Another potential suspect has been identified and determined that he is no longer a suspect.
A mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has police looking for two additional men in military uniforms. One shooter has already been killed, but not before helping to kill twelve innocent people at the Washington Navy Yard, and injuring as many as ten more, according to the AP. Witnesses at the Washington Navy Yard described a man shooting into a first floor cafeteria from the fourth story, and others told of a man shooting at them in third-story hallway.
This story is still unfolding, and the number of dead and wounded, and even the number of shooters at the Washington Navy Yard may change. The two shooters still at large are believed to be a white male with a handgun and an African American male with a rifle. Both are in military uniform, and the African American male is believed to be in his fifties.
President Obama, who had already scheduled a press conference to mark the fifth anniversary of the financial meltdown, spoke about the Washington Navy Yard shooting, saying, “we're confronting yet another mass shooting. Today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital."
While the symbolism behind choosing the Washington Navy Yard as the site of the attack is not fully clear, and will have to wait until the shooter’s have been identified, and possibly captured, it seems clear enough that the Navy Yard was not chosen randomly, particularly because the shooters are all in military uniforms.
We will continue to update this story as more details from the Washington Navy Yard shooting become available.