Washington Navy Yard shooting - as it happened

Key points

  • A gunman kills 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard, a naval installation in the US capital
  • US officials name the gunman as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, of Fort Worth, Texas
  • President Barack Obama called it a "cowardly act" (all times GMT)

Live text

Reporting:

  • Tom Geoghegan 
  • Zoe Murphy 
  • Sarah Fowler 

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Welcome to our live page with the latest news from the shootings at US Navy Yard in Washington DC.

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What we know so far is that at least four people have been killed in a multiple shooting at 08:20 local time (13:20 GMT) at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in SE Washington.

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As many as 3,000 people work at US Navy Yard, which is blocks away from the US Capitol.

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Joan Soley, BBC News, Pentagon

tweets: #NavyYardShooting Up to 40 requiring medical attention, according to one local cop - that could mean shock, cuts/bruises, etc.

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Local news agencies have said a police officer was among the injured. It remains unclear how many were hurt.

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Cmdr Tim Juris, who was on the fourth floor of the building when the shooting took place, told the BBC "it sounded like a cap gun as opposed to a real gun".

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Another witness, Todd Brundidge said he came face to face with the gunman while trying to flee the building. "He came around the corner, he aimed his gun at us and he fired at least two or three shots... and we ran down the stairs to get out of the building and after we left the building there were still shots in the building," he said.

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Emergency vehicles and law enforcement personnel respond to a reported shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in 16 September 2013 in Washington, DC.

Dozens of emergency vehicles and police officers have converged on the site, and helicopters have been flying overhead.

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As many as 3,000 people work at US Navy Yard, which is about 16 blocks away from the US Capitol.

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Joan Solely, BBC News, Pentagon

tweets: Reports on the ground now seem in agreement, 2 shooters - both considered to be 'contained' at this time @BBCNewsUS #NavyYardShooting