Monday, September 16, 2013

Mass Murder Update: 2:12 p.m.; 12 Dead, 3 Wounded at D.C. Navy Yard, Inside and Outside; 1 Shooter Dead, but 2 Still Believed at Large—1 White, 1 Black (Huh?)

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Thanks to reader-researcher RC for the heads-up.
Washington Navy Yard shooting: Active shooter sought in Southeast D.C.
September 16, 2013 - 08:31 a.m.
Updated: September 16, 2013 - 02:12 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - At least 12 people were killed Monday morning when a person or persons opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says.

Washington Navy Yard shooting
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Washington Navy Yard shooting photos

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said one gunman in the Navy Yard shooting is dead. But she said there are potentially two additional shooters on the loose.

She said one of the potential additional shooters is described as a white male in a khaki tan military uniform who was armed with a handgun. He was last seen at about 8:30 a.m.

A second potential shooter is described as a black male in his 50s, also armed and wearing a military-style uniform.

Lanier said one MPD officer was shot and wounded by the shooter.

“We had a horrific tragedy,” said Gray. "This is an isolated incident and an active investigation."

The shooting began at about 8:20 a.m. at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command on Isaac Hull Avenue on the grounds of the historic Navy Yard.

At least three of those wounded were taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, including the D.C. police officer. All of those victims are expected to survive.

Officials at George Washington University Hospital say, though, that one of the victims taken to their facility died after a gunshot wound to the temple.

The shooting incident has caused several commuter issues, including the closure of the 11th Street Bridge.

A number of District of Columbia schools, both public and private, remain on lockdown as the investigation into the shooting continues.

The following D.C. schools are on lockdown: Amidon-Bowen Elementary, Brent Elementary School, Eastern High School, Eliot-Hine Middle School, Jefferson Academy, Tyler Elementary School and Van Ness Administrative Building.

Family members of Washington Navy Yard employees who want information on the shooting can call 202-433-6151.

Witnesses recount shooting

Rick Mason, a program management analyst who is a civilian with the U.S. Navy, said a gunman was shooting from a fourth floor overlook in the hallway outside his office. He said the gunman was aiming down at people in the building's cafeteria on the first floor. Mason said he could hear the shots but could not see a gunman.

Shortly after the gunfire, Mason said overhead speakers told workers to seek shelter and later to head for the gates at the complex.

Patricia Ward, a logistics management specialist, said she was in the cafeteria and heard shots. They sounded like "pop, pop, pop," she said. After a few seconds, there were more shots, she said.

"Everybody just panicked at first," she said. "It was just people running, running, running."

Ward said security officers started directing people out of the building with guns drawn.

Cmdr. Tim Jirus was standing next to a colleague having a conversation when his colleague was shot.

"I saw him drop in front of me (and) I left at that point," Jirus said. "I ran behind the building and jumped behind a fence."

Commander Jirus said he didn't see the shooter and only heard shots.

"I feel very lucky to be standing here as opposed to somewhere else," he said.

President Obama calls victims "courageous Americans"

President Barack Obama is mourning what he called "yet another mass shooting" in the United States that he says took the life of American patriots.

Obama promised to make sure, quote, "whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible."

He said several people were shot Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard about 3 1/2 miles from the White House, and some were killed.

He said the victims were "courageous Americans" who knew about the risks of serving overseas, but wouldn't have expected such "unimaginable violence" at home.

Naval Sea Systems Command is the largest of the Navy's five system commands and accounts for a quarter of the Navy's entire budget.

It builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems.

Officials say 3,000 people work in the building, where authorities are still looking for the shooter.

This is a developing story. More to come. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Unknown said...

Can't decent countries just put the US on lock-down When are we going to address the REAL problems: Mental illness and our violence loving culture? It's pretty easy to say, 'Ban guns!' but you could ban every legal gun in the country and we'd STILL have things like this happen. Calling for a ban on guns is intellectually lazy. It just sounds so easy. If we ban guns, how are we going to convince criminals to turn them in? Trade them for Chia Pets, maybe? As long as we encourage a gangsta culture where 'capping' people is glorified, we ALL have ourselves to blame - not just the gun owners. As long as we do such a poor job of identifying and treating the mentally ill, we ALL have ourselves to blame - not just the gun owners. Until people are willing to address the causes of this kind of violence, we're just going to continue to have one side calling for gun bans and the other side saying not gonna happen and no one gets anywhere.


Anum Hafeez
World News

Anonymous said...

By now, of course, the world knows what I suspected immediately .. that this was merely the latest in an escalating number of black (African) attacks. Just like the black who went on a workplace rampage a couple of years ago in Connecticut or the one who did it last month in Jacksonville, Florida, we have a black male who has been spoon fed for the past fifty years by his leftist masters with the mantra that whites are evil and the source of every problem or shortcoming in any black's life. Programmed relentlessly to hate whites, blacks have been engaged in one-sided race war now for decades. America's election of a half African president has only made matters much much worse as blacks were led to believe that with this president the tables would magically be turned, that overnight they would have everything that white Americans worked to gain and whites would be stuck in government funded hovels eating government provided food while spitting out government bred offspring from government captive daddies. When that just didn't happen, when blacks awoke on November 5th to learn whites still had their jobs, homes, cars, and private retirement accounts, the slow burning rage became an inferno.

Hundreds of black mob attacks (riots) and thousands of beaten, robbed, raped, or murdered whites later, and we have just another non-story that will soon be flushed down the memory hole. Black racial rampage? No story here, but the latest news from Syria or Iran is...

Stan D Mute

Anonymous said...

Who is "we"?

Gangsta lovers are not white kids from the 'burbs, or from the sticks.

Gangsta lovers are primarily blacks, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans.

There are some genuine white gangstas.

They're called elected officials.