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September 16, 2013

Washington Navy Yard Shooting Timeline and Recap

By Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge 

Below is the latest summary of today's tragic mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yards which has led to 13 deaths so far.

  • At least 12 people are dead after a shooting Monday morning in a heavily secured building at the D.C. Navy Yard, and authorities now say they have identified the gunman. The total fatality count including the shooter is 13.
  • The man accused in a shooting rampage has been identified as 34 year old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas.
    • Alexis, who had been a full-time nacvy reservist, recently began work as a civilian contractor, authorities said.
    • The FBI, which now is leading the investigation, believes the gunman used the identification of a man who used to work at Navy Yard, reported Pete Williams of NBC News. The ID was found next to the gunman's body in Building 197, where most of the victims were shot on the third and fourth floors.
    • Survellance video shows the gunman entered the building at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, at 1336 Isaac Hull Ave., with a shotgun, News4's Jackie Bensen reported.
    • He shot the security guard in the head, killing him. The shooter then continued through the building, and seemed to target his victims, who were mostly on the third and fourth floors.
    • According to what witnesses are telling investigators, by the time the shootings ended, the gunman was seen with a semiautomatic 9 mm pistol and an AR-15 assault rifle. Authorities are investigating whether the gunman took the security guard’s service weapon – likely a 9 mm pistol – and hid in wait for the first responding D.C. police officers, who would be specially armed with AR-15s.
  • According to DC Police there is still another suspicious man, African American in his 50s, who is sought for questioning.
    • The other was a black man, about 50 years old, who was believed to be carrying a ‘long gun,’ police officials said.” As of about an hour ago, the former was reportedly cleared as a suspect; the latter may be “wearing an olive drab military uniform.”
  • No one was allowed to enter or leave Senate buildings in Washington, D.C. for several hours Monday afternoon following a shooting rampage at the D.C. Navy Yard.
A live feed from NBC Washington:
An Eyewitness report from a Navy commander who explains how someone was shot in the head next to him:

A complete timeline of events from CNN:
8:20 a.m. -- Active shooter is reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building (Building 197) at the Washington Navy Yard in southeast Washington, according to a statement from the Navy. There is one confirmed injury. A "shelter in place" order is issued for Navy Yard personnel. Several hundred people are evacuated.
9:40 a.m. -- Departing flights are held on the ground at Washington Reagan National Airport; some arriving flights are delayed. The Federal Aviation Administration later said this step was taken to give priority in the airspace around Washington to law enforcement helicopters and other aircraft.
9:50 a.m. -- A Metropolitan Police Department officer is among "several" injured in a shooting at the Navy Yard, according to a D.C. police spokeswoman.
9:56 a.m. -- President Barack Obama has been briefed "several times" about the situation by homeland security and counterterrorism officials.
10:05 a.m. -- U.S. Navy confirms via Twitter several injuries with reports of fatalities.
10:06 a.m. -- Chris Kelly, Metro police spokesman, tells CNN there are 10 victims, including a D.C. police officer and a law enforcement officer moments later described by another official as a base security officer. Kelly tells CNN the main suspect is an adult black male, 6 feet tall, bald head, medium complexion and wearing black clothing - black top and black jeans.
10:26 a.m. -- All flights resume at Reagan National.
10:34 a.m. -- Metro police spokeswoman Saray Leon denies media reports about three suspects possibly involved, saying authorities were looking for one suspect. Repeats 10 victims, but does not confirm fatalities.
10:36 a.m. -- Six public and private schools in the vicinity of the Navy Yard are locked down as a precaution. Two other public and two private schools would also be locked down. The nearby U.S. Transportation Department is also locked down.
10:55 a.m. -- A SWAT team is seen going through the gate at the main Navy Yard entrance. The SWAT team is seen escorting people out of the building where the shooter reportedly is located.
11:07 a.m. -- Law enforcement official reports the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives emergency response team is sent to the scene. It is the same one that helped Boston police apprehend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The official notes the team includes approximately 20 specially trained, locally stationed special agents.
11:13 a.m. -- Multiple congressional aides from both parties who are involved in intelligence, homeland security and leadership say they have no indication that the attack at the Navy Yard was an act of terrorism.
11:29 a.m. -- Ed Zeigler, Director of Public Affairs for Naval District Washington, tells CNN two shooters "are down" at the Navy Yard. Zeigler cannot confirm if the shooters are in custody or dead. Zeigler also tells CNN there have been "multiple deaths" at the Navy Yard, but that those killed were not the two officers who had been shot. Zeigler says law enforcement is still trying to clear Building 197 to determine if there are any more shooters.
11:31 a.m. -- A Navy official tells CNN that Adm. Jonathan Greenart, the top Navy officer at the Navy Yard, was at his residence there when the shooting began. Greenhart was evacuated by secure vehicle, according to the official.
11:38 a.m. -- Janice Orlowski, chief medical officer at Washington Hospital Center, tells reporters at a briefing that her facility has received three gunshot victims -- one male and two females. The male has suffered from "multiple gunshot wounds to his legs," while one of the women was shot in the shoulder and the other was shot in both the head and one hand.
Orlowski says the survival chances for all three victims are "very good."
Orlowski also notes that the weapon used to shoot the victims "had to be a semi-automatic because they're talking about gunshots that they heard in rapid succession."
11:50 a.m. -- A senior U.S. Navy official tells CNN's Barbara Starr that one shooter is dead. The same official could not confirm there were other shooters, despite Zeigler's prior report that there were two shooters down.
12:09 p.m. -- The Pentagon issues a statement noting that "the Pentagon Force Protection Agency increased its security posture, not out of a specific threat, but as a proactive, precautionary measure related to the ongoing incident at the Navy Yard."
12:14 p.m. -- Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier says one alleged shooter is deceased, but two other potential shooters are still at large. Lanier says one of the potential shooters still at large is a white male in a tan military uniform, last seen around 8:35 a.m. in possession of a handgun. The other potential shooter still at large is an African-American male approximately 50 years old, last seen wearing olive drab clothing -- a possible military uniform -- and in possession of a long gun.
Lanier says there is no information indicating either of the two alleged shooters still at large are military personnel.
Lanier also notes that "multiple" victims are dead inside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters building at the Navy Yard, and that there is still a "very active, ongoing" investigation.
12:20 p.m. -- Dr. Babak Sarani, chief of trauma and acute care at George Washington University Hospital, reports one person dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Victim pronounced dead upon arrival.
12:32 p.m. -- President Barack Obama, speaking on the fifth anniversary of the start of the financial crisis, says he has been briefed the situation at the Navy Yard.
"We still don't know all the facts, but we do know that several people have been shot and some have been killed. So we are confronting another mass shooting and it happened on a military installation in our nation's capital," Obama says.
"It's a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women who were going to work, doing their jobs protecting all of us. They're patriots and they know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they face the unimaginable violence that they wouldn't have expected here at home."
Obama called for a thorough investigation.
2 p.m. -- At least 12 people were killed in the shooting, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said authorities are looking for two additional people who they have reason to believe may have been involved in some way.
2:15 p.m. -- The Senate recessed due to the shooting events.
2:45 p.m. -- D.C. police report one of the people they were looking for -- the white male in a tan uniform -- "has been identified and is not a suspect or person of interest."
3 p.m. -- The Senate goes into "lock down" mode. Nobody is allowed to enter or leave that side of the Capitol due to "uncertainty surrounding the shooting" and particularly the possibility of suspects at large, according to Terrance Gainer, Senate Sergeant at Arms. The Capitol is not far from the Navy Yard.
3:30 p.m. -- The Washington Nationals canceled their game on Monday night due to the shooting, the team said in a statement. Nationals Park is just a few blocks from the Navy Yard.
4 p.m. -- The Washington FBI Field Office tells CNN the dead shooting suspect has been identified by ID and fingerprints as Aaron Alexis, 34, a military contractor from Texas

Courtesy Tyler Durden, founder of ZeorHedge (EconMatters author archive here)   

The views and opinions expressed herein are the author's own, and do not necessarily reflect those of EconMatters.

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