NATIONAL – Two gunmen opened fire Monday morning inside the Washington Navy Yard, killing at least 12 people and wounding more in an attack on office workers at the heavily secured military installation in the heart of the nation’s capital.
One of the shooters has been identified as Aaron Alexis, 34, a civilian contractor who was arrested in Fort Worth in September 2010 after he shot a bullet into the apartment upstairs from his own.
The Yard is headquarters for the U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations, the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Historical Center, the Department of Naval History, the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Naval Reactors, Marine Corps Institute, the United States Navy Band, and other more classified facilities.
At least 75 people, including at least eight civilians, one D.C. police officer and one security guard, were shot. Twelve fatalities have been reported by United States Navy and Metro Police officials.
Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said at least 13 people were killed in the Navy Yard rampage as Police Chief Cathy Lanier revealed one shooter — Alexis — was killed at the scene and authorities are looking for another suspect described as a black man in his 50s armed with a long rifle and dressed in an olive colored military garb.
Alexis was born in Queens, N.Y. and was found with three weapons: an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol.
The Navy Yard is located on the waterfront along the Anacostia River in southeast Washington, near the stadium where the Nationals baseball team plays. It is also at one end of the 11th Street Bridge, one of the major thoroughfares that bring traffic into the city from Maryland.
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