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Victim identities released in Washington Navy Yard, Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters shooting that killed 12

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Photo shows a gunshot victim being treated at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning. Photo courtesy WUSA 9 News

 

(WUSA9, CNN, USA Today), -- D.C. police say 13 people, including the gunman, died after a shooting at Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning.

Eight people were injured in the shooting, DC mayor Vincent Gray said in a press conference Monday night. Three of those injured suffered gunshot wounds, including a police officer, and are expected to be okay. The other five reportedly suffered stress reactions, head injuries, and chest pains.

The identities of seven of the 12 victims were released shortly after the press conference. According to CNN, none of the seven victims were military personnel. 

Their names and ages are as follows: 

- Michael Arnold, 59
- Sylvia Frasier, 53
- Kathy Gaarde, 62
- John Roger Johnson, 73
- Frank Kohler, 50
- Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46
- Vishnu Pandit, 61

Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas, was identified as the shooter. He was killed in a shootout with DC police after the shooting rampage Monday morning.

Police were originally looking for other potential suspects, but DC's police chief said Monday night "we have the single and sole suspect" in the shooting.

The FBI released photos of Aaron Alexis in a joint news conference with DC police, DC Mayor Vincent Gray and other law enforcement agencies in the area. 

"Alexis is believed to be responsible for the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, in the Southeast area of Washington, DC, around 8:20 a.m. on September 16, 2013. The FBI is asking for the public's assistance with any information regarding Alexis.
If you have any information concerning this individual, please contact the FBI's Washington, DC Field Office at 202/278-2000 or 1-800-CALL-FBI," the FBI's website said.

Additional information on Alexis has since been released, saying he had at least two previous arrests for incidents involving guns, and possible anger management from PTSD. His father reportedly said Alexis took part in rescue efforts in New York on 9-11.

See also: Alleged shooter has history with guns

At around 2:45 p.m., DC Police Tweeted that one of the possible other suspects, a white male wearing a tan military uniform with short sleeves and beret hat, was found, questioned, and then cleared of any wrongdoing. 

According to a USA Today report, a federal law enforcement official Monday said that Alexis, who had been staying at Residence Inn in southwest Washington since early September or late August, legally purchased at least some of the weapons used in the assault within the past few days in Virginia.

"Alexis allegedly drove to the Navy Yard complex with the weapons early Monday and cleared security checkpoints before parking in a lot on the property, said the official, who was not authorized to comment publicly," explained the article. 

"After leaving his car, it is believed that Alexis was involved in two altercations in which he opened fire, killing one or possibly two people," the article continued. "The official said Alexis allegedly then entered the building and proceeded to the third and fourth floors where much of the assault was carried out. He said Alexis did not appear to have an escape plan and it wasn't clear that he was targeting specific people."

Mayor Gray said late Monday that they are still notifying families of about half of the 12 people who were killed.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

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Among the people shot are a D.C. police officer, Navy Yard base officer and civilians. They were shot inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building (Bldg. 197) at 8:20 a.m. 

The chief of trauma at GW Hospital says the first victim brought in was a man in his sixties. He had a gunshot wound to the head and he was pronounced dead at hospital, says the official.

A Washington Hospital Center official says staff is treating one female victim shot in head and another female victim shot in the shoulder. The official also said that "There are people who will not be transported here from the scene because they are deceased."

We are told one officer's condition is considered to be stable.

DC Mayor Vincent Gray said during a press conference that as far as officials know, this is an isolated incident. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said at a later press conference that "There is no indication that this was a terrorist event."

President Obama also made a brief statement: "I've been briefed by my team. We don't know all the facts but several people have been shot and some killed.  We are confronting another mass shooting and today it happened on a military base.  They are patriots and they know danger of serving abroad but today faced violence they wouldn't expect here at home."

The U.S. Navy says approximately 3,000 people work at the building. People inside the building were told to shelter in place. A witness in the area says police took people who were still outside to Nationals Park.  

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NATIONALS' MONDAY NIGHT GAME CANCELED

The Washington Nationals game has been postponed Monday night after 12 people were killed in the Navy Yard shooting rampage in Anacostia.

The Nationals were slated to play against the Atlanta braves at 7:04 p.m. 

The Nationals will make up the game on Tuesday afternoon with a double-header at Nationals Park. 

The Nationals released this statement on Monday afternoon: 

"All of us here in the Nationals organization were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic events that occurred this morning only a few blocks from Nationals Park. Our thoughts and prayers remain with our friends at the Navy Yard and those impacted by today's incident. 

In light of the circumstances, we have decided to postpone tonight's game against the Braves. Additional information will be distributed in the coming hours. 

The safety of our fans is our utmost priority. As we have throughout the day, the Nationals security personnel will continue to work closely with all levels of law enforcement to reinforce the already high level of security in place at Nationals Park and to ensure that our visitors always have a safe experience."

FAMILIES REUNITE AFTER THE SHOOTING

People wanting to reunite with their loved ones are being directed to Nationals Park parking lot B. Family members looking for information about their loved ones can call 202-433-6151 or 202-433-9713.

ADDITIONAL CREWS ON THE SCENE

DC Fire EMS units were on the scene. Fire officials say a medic unit, ambulance, and an engine company responded as well as some EMS supervisors.

United States Capitol Police say they are "providing mutual support & assistance to the Metropolitan Police Department" in a press release. They say the active shooter incident is "contained to the Navy Yard." They later added that there was "no known threat to the Capitol Complex."

The Coast Guard said it established a temporary safety and security zone that would be in effect for "an undetermined amount of time" and would "limit all navigation on the Anacostia River from Haines Point to the John Philip Sousa Bridge". Officials prohibited entering or operating in the security zone unless authorized by the captain of the port of Baltimore.

WASHINGTON NATIONAL CATHEDRAL RELEASES STATEMENT

Washington National Cathedral's Very Rev. Gary Hall released the following statement on Monday morning:

"All of us at Washington National Cathedral heard the news of this morning's shootings at the Washington Navy Yard with a mixture of shock and sadness. We mourn for those who have died, and we continue to grieve the persistence of gun violence in our nation," said Dean Hall. "The Cathedral will hold the victims, first responders, and the Navy community in prayer, while also making the Cathedral's space and its ministries available today to all who seek consolation and refuge from this loss."

Cathedral representatives opened the noon day service of Holy Eucharist and the Choral Evensong service at 5:30 p.m. to all. Cathedral clergy offered special prayers for the victims and first responders in both services.

VRE RELEASES STATEMENT ABOUT SHOOTING

"VRE is saddened by this senseless tragedy and our thoughts are with those families impacted by today's events at the Navy Yard. 
In light of the events unfolding at the Navy Yard, we wanted to reach out to our riders to inform them of how this might impact service and their commute this afternoon. 

VRE announced plans to operate its regular schedule at all stations, including L'Enfant Plaza, and said they'd notify everyone immediately if circumstances should change because of the situation in the District. 

Their statement ended with, "As always, your safety is our number one priority."

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE RELEASES STATEMENT ABOUT SHOOTING

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family at the Navy Yard in Washington DC who were affected by today's tragic incident.

We typically do not discuss security posture, however, with over 6 million visitors to MacDill each year, our Security Forces go to great lengths to protect the people and assets assigned to the base. 

As always, we ask the local community to assist in identifying those things that look suspicious."

DETAILS ABOUT NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND

According to the Associated Press, the Naval Sea Systems Command is the largest of the Navy's five system commands. It builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems. The U.S. Navy says approximately 3,000 people work at the building. People inside the building were told to shelter in place. A witness in the area says police took people who were still outside to Nationals Park.

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