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)

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  1.  
    1455:

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

     
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    1455:

    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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    1500:

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

     
  4.  
    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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    1503:

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

     
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    1505:

    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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    1508:

    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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    1509:
    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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    1510:

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

     
  10.  
    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

     
  11.  
    1512:

    One witness told Associated Press she was in the cafeteria when she heard shots and then there was panic. "It was just people running, running, running," she said.

     
  12.  
    @warnardo

    tweets: Office on Lockdown.. Police everywhere... Crazy.. 10 injured and 4 dead.. What a Monday...

     
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    1515:
    A helicopter pulls what appears to be a shooting victim up as it hovers over a rooftop on the Washington Navy Yard campus in Washington on 16 September 2013.

    A helicopter airlifts what appears to be a shooting victim from the Washington Navy yard campus.

     
  14.  
    1518:

    Police are looking into the possibility of a second gunman at the Navy Yard, the Associated Press reports citing US officials.

     
  15.  
    1519:

    The police will be giving a press conference shortly from the scene.

     
  16.  
    Michele Hansen, Washington

    tweets: Tons of sirens and sounds of helicopters overhead here in #NavyYard this morning. Surreal and horrifying that it's 5 blocks from my apt

     
  17.  
    1521:
    Law enforcement personnel respond to a reported shooting at an entrance to the Washington Navy Yard on 16 September 2013 in Washington DC.

    Police officers gather outside an entrance to the Washington Navy yard. The naval installation is based in the south-east of the capital.

     
  18.  
    Angie Dickerson, Washington

    tweets: Stuck on navy yard with this madness. On lock down. Sure hope this is over soon

     
  19.  
    1522:

    At least one of the shooters is "down," police have said, but it is unclear whether that means the suspect has been arrested or shot - the Washington Post reports.

     
  20.  
    1524:

    Local police are advising family members to reunite at Nationals Park's Parking Lot B, located at South Capitol and K streets Southeast.

     
  21.  
    Mayor Vince Gray District of Columbia

    tweets: Will be joining Chief Lanier for press briefing shortly at 3rd and M Street SE.

     
  22.  
    1527:

    Eyewitness Terry Durham told the BBC the gunman fired shots at him and some other people he was with inside the building.

     
  23.  
    Joan Soley, BBC News

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

     
  24.  
    1532:

    "I don't even know if I can ever go into that building again; I just don't feel safe," a logistics management specialist, Patricia Ward, told reporters. She says she was inside the cafeteria of the building at the time of the shooting.

     
  25.  
    1533: Jonny Dymond, BBC News

    reports that departures are suspended again from DCA Reagan National Airport because of activity at Washington Navy yard.

     
  26.  
    Ben Jacobs, Washington

    tweets: Half a dozen number of police cars just speeding away from scene with sirens blaring on M St SE

     
  27.  
    Antonio Paris, Washington

    tweets: I'm in a building across the street. Lots of police sirens and helicopters. Police telling us we cannot leave building. "Shelter in place"

     
  28.  
    1539:

    What is the Washington Navy Yard? Professor Gary Solis, who served with the US Marines and used to work at the Washington Navy Yard, explains.

     
  29.  
    1541:

    Three shooting victims are in a critical condition at Washington Hospital Center, says its chief medical officer Janis Orlowski, at a press conference. One is a police officer. More wounded at the scene, she says.

     
  30.  
    1542: Jonny Dymond Washington correspondent

    reports that departures have started again from DCA Reagan National Airport.

     
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    1546:

    Individuals have died at the scene, Washington Hospital Center chief medical officer Janis Orlowski tells a news conference.

     
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    1547:
    Snipers take their positions on the roof of a building at the Navy Yard complex where a shooting took place on 16 September 2013 in Washington DC.

    Snipers have been stationed on the roofs of buildings in the Navy yard complex.

     
  34.  
    Joan Soley BBC News, Pentagon

    tweets: #NavyYardShooting Helicopter activity continues, but has lessened - not seeing as many with the patient baskets hanging on side @BBCNewsUS

     
  35.  
    Rachelle Smith, Washington

    tweets: As a former "navy baby" myself, and the daughter of a former naval officer, my heart is with those affected by today's tragedy at #NavyYard.

     
  36.  
    1552:

    This graphic shows the location of the Navy Yard on the banks of the Anacostia river in Washington DC:

    A map of the US Navy Yard complex
     
  37.  
    1553:

    Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Washington expected to give full press briefing approx 1610GMT

     
  38.  
    Olivia Logan, Washington

    tweets: Real talk: When the helicopter sounds on the news match the sounds outside your apartment. #scary #NavyYardShooting

     
  39.  
    Ray Mabus, US Secretary of the Navy

    tweets: I'm deeply shocked & saddened by the shooting this morning at the Navy Yard. Our thoughts & prayers are with the victims and their families.

     
  40.  
    1558:

    At least one gunman has been killed following the incident at the US Navy yard, reports Reuters quoting a US Navy official.

     
  41.  
    1559:

    ABC News says it has two sources saying that the gunman is dead at the scene - he is reported to be a 50-year-old Navy employee - whose "employment status was recently changed". It has no confirmation of a second shooter.

     
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    1600:
    People stand outside a Starbucks Coffee shop that has been closed as police respond to a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington on 16 September  2013.

    Crowds of onlookers have been gathering as police close nearby cafes and block off roads around the Navy Yard.

     
  43.  
    Ray Mabus, US Secretary of the Navy

    tweets: I have complete confidence in our first responders, and I continue to be completely focused on this very difficult situation.

     
  44.  
    1605:

    The Associated Press is reporting that at least six people have been killed in the Navy Yard shooting.

     
  45.  
    US Navy

    tweets: Family members looking for information about their loved ones can call 202-433-6151 or 202-433-9713. #NavyYardShooting

     
  46.  
    1610:

    To recap... at least one gunman has opened fire inside a building at a Navy installation in Washington. Officials say at least four people have been killed and several more wounded, including a police officer.

     
  47.  
    1612:
    An armoured personnel carrier speeds down a street away from the Washington Navy Yard on 16 September 2013 in Washington DC.

    There is an increased military presence in the US capital, with troops and armoured personnel carriers on the streets.

     
  48.  
    1614:

    Washington Mayor Vincent Gray has told reporters the number of fatalities is still unclear but four wounded have been taken to hospital.

     
  49.  
    1615:

    DC Police chief Cathy Lanier tells reporters that there may be two additional gunmen still at large.

     
  50.  
    1617:

    Police confirm that one gunman is dead but two other suspected shooters "not located".

     
  51.  
    1620:

    DC Mayor Vince Gray tells reporters "as far as we know this is an isolated incident", no other installations have been involved.

     
  52.  
    1623:

    The police said the other two possible gunmen are a white male and a black male, both wearing military-style uniforms. However, police do not believe either is a military employee.

     
  53.  
    Kathleen Belgrave, Washington

    emails: This morning my co-worker and I saw the initial police response. I counted at least 15 cop cars. I realized how awful the situation might be so I drove past all the streets that were sealed off and made it out just before everything went into lock down. I have been told to not to return to my apartment.

     
  54.  
    1629:

    A statement from the Pentagon said security has been increased and added: "Secretary [Chuck] Hagel is closely following the situation and has assured the Navy we will provide any resource or capability needed to get the Washington Navy Yard community through this event."

     
  55.  
    1630: BBC News US

    tweets: George Washington University Hospital confirms death of #NavyYardShooting victim from gunshot wound to temple

     
  56.  
    1640:

    "We are confronting yet another mass shooting," says President Barack Obama, who describes staff at Navy Yard as patriots who faced dangers abroad but would not have expected such violence at home.

     
  57.  
    1644:
    People come out from a building with their hands up after a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard

    People come out of a building with their hands up after the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Other parts of the city remain in lockdown.

     
  58.  
    1645:

    The US president condemned the shooting as a "cowardly act", in opening remarks before a White House speech about the economy.

     
  59.  
    1648:

    Now some important practical information... Washington's police department says family members of Washington Navy Yard employees can meet their loved ones at the nearby Nationals baseball stadium.

     
  60.  
    1649:

    And, as we reported earlier, family members looking for information about their loved ones can contact the Warfighter and Family Support Center at 202 433 6151 or 202 433 9713.

     
  61.  
    Cami McCormick CBS News

    tweets: Law enforcement officials tells CBS News Navy Yard gunman had a handgun, an AR 15 assault rifle, and a shotgun

     
  62.  
    Sam Bowman, Washington

    tweets: In DC. Police on every corner.

     
  63.  
    1704:
    A US Park Police helicopter flies over a building at the Washington Navy Yard

    A US police helicopter flies over a building at the Washington Navy Yard.

     
  64.  
    Kitty Felde, Washington

    tweets: The police chopper has widened its perimeter, scoping the neighborhood, looking for the shooters. #NavyYardShooting

     
  65.  
    1710:

    Witness Patricia Ward told CNN about the panic that ensued after she heard three gunshots and then about three seconds later, another four: "Pop, pop, pop."

     
  66.  
    1713:

    Alexandra in Washington DC tells @BBC_WHYS: Everyone is staying inside here, my apartment is on lockdown a block and half away #WHYS

     
  67.  
    1717:

    Questions are being asked about security at the Navy installation. One expert familiar with it told Fox News it was robust. "You can't just flick an ID and drive in," he said.

     
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    1721:

    Alexis, who has visited the Navy yard, tells the BBC's #whys: "It's very secure - you have to say where you're going and have an ID and be on a list saying where you're going."

     
  69.  
    Eugene Cho

    tweets: Before we jump to conclusions & create our agenda plan, wait for the facts to emerge and please pray for an end to the #NavyYardShooting.

     
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    1724:
    US Capitol Police personnel keep watch on the East Plaza of the Capitol as the investigation continues to the shooting at the nearby Washington Navy Yard

    US Capitol police personnel keep watch on the East Plaza of the Capitol as the investigation continues into the shooting at the nearby Washington Navy Yard.

     
  71.  
    1725:

    Navy Yard is where the entire US Navy command system for seaborne operations is centred, says Professor Gary Solis, in this short video explainer.

     
  72.  
    Emily Wilson, Channel 4 Washington news editor

    tweets: My 3 yr old son's school in Capitol Hill is still in lockdown due to shooting at Navy Yard. A wee bit scary.

     
  73.  
    DC Police Department

    tweets: Navy Yd Suspects B/M 50 yrs, w/rifle, drab olive military uniform; S2 W/M pistol, Navy-style khaki uniform, short slv,beret call 7279099

     
  74.  
    1735:

    Several key elements still unclear, such as the true number of fatalities and injured. Also, some news outlets have named the gunman but then retracted the name.

     
  75.  
    Ric Andersen, Washington

    tweets: Police at US Capitol parking barriers donning helmets, bullet-proof vests. Not standard. #USCP

     
  76.  
    1740:

    We've just updated our main story with a reported death toll of at least six, plus four injured, including a police officer.

     
  77.  
    1747:

    Watch President Barack Obama's statement on the Washington Navy Yard shootings.

     
  78.  
    Rajini Vaidyanathan BBC News, Washington

    tweets: One helicopter keeps circling over the parking area of building. US media reporting this cld be searching for other gunmen.

     
  79.  
    Lark Turner, Washington

    tweets: Police and what appear to be SWAT vehicles circling everywhere you look in Cap Hill (near Navy Yard) right now.

     
  80.  
    1801:

    You can watch the earlier news conference by the chief medical officer at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center here on CNN.

     
  81.  
    @gerritt, Washington

    tweets: Cannot say enough about the security and military personnel at the Navy Yard scene today. Calm. Smart. Organized. Truly the best.

     
  82.  
    1807:

    At least 12 fatalities in shooting, says Washington Mayor Vincent Gray.

     
  83.  
    1808:

    Chief Cathy Lanier of Metropolitan DC Police has confirmed 12 fatalities. One police officer injured by gunfire.

     
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    1809:

    No clue yet as to the motive, Mayor Gray added.

     
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    1814:

    Two other possible gunmen at large were described by Police Chief Cathy Lanier as one white, one black, both 40-50 years old and dressed in military-style uniform. These two men were seen with firearms, she said, and it is believed they were involved in some way.

     
  86.  
    BBC News US

    tweets: DC Police Chief Lanier: "We have multiple pieces of information that suggest there were two other individuals seen with firearms."

     
  87.  
    1821:

    One of our reporters at the scene, Tara McKelvey, spoke to Greg Heir, 34. His mother had called him from inside the building shortly after the shooting. "She was crying and asking me what was going on. She was asking me to come and get her."

     
  88.  
    1824:
    Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray speaks during a news conference as police respond to a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard

    Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray is regularly updating US and international media about the Navy Yard shootings.

     
  89.  
    1826:

    Eleanor Holmes Norton, a delegate to the US Congress, told reporters there will be a moment's silence at Congress on Tuesday.

     
  90.  
    Katty Kay, BBC News, Washington

    tweets: The grim toll - 12 dead puts the Navy Yard shooting on a par with Aurora.

     
  91.  
    1835:

    Senate has recessed for the day due to the shooting and Monday votes will be postponed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said.

     
  92.  
    1840:

    But one event going ahead is the baseball - Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves - on Monday evening. The stadium is very close to Navy Yard and Lot B of the stadium car park is being used as a meeting point for Navy staff and loved ones.

     
  93.  
    BBC News US

    tweets: Reporters w/ DC mayor after presser. Q: "Have families been notified?" Mayor: "I don't think we know all the victims"

     
  94.  
    1851:

    We reported earlier that ABC News were citing two sources indicating that the dead gunman was a 50-year-old former employee of the US Navy. They now say that was a matter of false identification and the shooter's identity is still unconfirmed.

     
  95.  
    Pamela Mclauchlan, Scotland

    emails: My daughter in law Karin works in the navy museum there. She is fine and is looking after people in the museum. She is very calm and level-headed. She says folks are using the 'Dunkirk' spirit.

     
  96.  
    1858:

    Police in Washington now say one of the two men they were searching for has been found and is no longer a suspect.

    "The white male in the tan outfit has been identified and is not a suspect or person of interest," the police department wrote on its Twitter account.

     
  97.  
    1900:
    A US police officer patrols the steps at the Capitol

    A police officer patrols the US Capitol, which lies just over a mile (1.6 km) north of the Navy Yard.

     
  98.  
    Sarah, Washington

    tweets: Wish DC police were giving more info if it's safe to go outside while the search continues.

     
  99.  
    1904:

    Decision by the Washington Nationals to go ahead with its baseball game being questioned. Washington Post Magazine editor, Joe Heim tweets: If the Nationals have any sense, they will postpone tonight's game

     
  100.  
    1911:

    The New York Times has published a graphic map showing the site of the Washington Navy Yard shooting. It highlights the different entry points to the yard requiring ID access and the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, where the shooting reportedly took place.

     
  101.  
    1918:

    The US Senate will be closed as the search for the gunman continues, officials say.

    According to Reuters - quoting sources inside the Capitol - an order for all workers to remain inside the building will be issued soon by congressional security officials.

     
  102.  
    1920:

    And this interactive map at the Washington Post takes a wider look at what spots are under lockdown in the surrounding area.

     
  103.  
    1922:

    Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel has said in a statement: "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this outrageous act of violence, their families, and all those affected by today's events."

     
  104.  
    1926:
    Marines watch from their barracks as police respond to a shooting by multiple gunmen at the Washington Navy Yard on 16 September 2013.

    Marines watch from their barracks as police continue their search for the remaining suspect in the Navy Yard shooting.

     
  105.  
    1928:

    Major League Baseball has announced the postponement of tonight's baseball game at the Washington Nationals Stadium, where Navy Yard staff are being reunited with loved ones. Here's the statement from the Nationals.

     
  106.  
    1934:

    One gunman suspect remains at large - a black male aged 40-50 dressed in an olive, military-style outfit and seen carrying a long gun. Police have eliminated the white man in the tan uniform as a person of interest.

     
  107.  
    1940:

    Both Associated Press and Reuters news agencies have identified the Washington Navy Yard gunman, who died after the mass shooting, as Aaron Alexis, quoting officials.

     
  108.  
    1947:

    And here is our new main story with the latest development - the identification of the suspected gunman as Aaron Alexis, who died after the shooting.

     
  109.  
    1952:

    You can see the many threads of this fast-moving story at a glance on the front pages of the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper.

     
  110.  
    1956:

    The US Navy has issued an "Order to Account" to personnel - both active duty and reserve - in the DC area, meaning they have to check in online. It applies to their family members as well.

     
  111.  
    1959:
    Navy Yard workers evacuated after the shooting are reunited with loved ones at a makeshift Red Cross shelter at the Nationals Park baseball stadium near the affected naval installation in Washington, on 16 September 2013.

    Navy Yard workers evacuated after the shooting are reunited with loved ones at a makeshift shelter at the Washington Nationals baseball stadium in Washington DC.

     
  112.  
    Aracely Panameno, Woodbridge, VA

    tweets: Just got update from my brother. His group of workers has not bn cleared 2 leave the #NavyYard yet. He works on the 3rd flr of the HQ bldg.

     
  113.  
    2006:

    Chief medical officer at Washington Hospital Center, Janis Orlowski, has told reporters the three wounded at her hospital should make good recoveries - a man with gunshot wounds to his legs is in surgery, a woman with a shoulder wound is also in surgery and there is a "very, very lucky young lady" with hand and head injuries. The bullet did not penetrate her skull and no surgery was required.

     
  114.  
    2011:

    The Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives has confirmed to the BBC that the House's buildings remain open.

     
  115.  
    C J Newton

    tweets: "on days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats, we are Americans united in concern for our fellow citizens" #navyyard

     
  116.  
    2019:

    The BBC's Franz Strasser was talking to people in the vicinity of the shooting about what they saw and what they felt. You can watch his video here.

     
  117.  
    2022:
    A general view shows parking lot B of Nationals Park which has been set up as a gathering point for families of the Navy Yard shootings on 16 September

    This is one of the car parks belonging to the Washington Nationals baseball stadium and being used as a meeting point for families affected by the Navy Yard shooting.

     
  118.  
    2024:

    Washington Mayor Vincent Gray says there are now 13 fatalities, including the gunman. The mayor adds that while they are still unclear about a motive, there is no reason to suspect terrorism - although this has not been ruled out.

     
  119.  
    2027:

    At the same press conference, the FBI's Valerie Parlave says suspected gunman Aaron Alexis was aged 34 and came from Fort Worth in Texas.

     
  120.  
    2039:

    And here is a picture of the suspected gunman, Aaron Alexis, on the FBI website.

     
  121.  
    2045:

    The police have tweeted an appeal for people to come forward with information about the shooting: "Anyone with information on the Navy Yard shootings is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324)."

     
  122.  
    2050:

    The FBI has also asked the public for any information about Aaron Alexis, 34, from Fort Worth, telling them to call the same number: 1-800-CALL-FBI (225 5324)

    Aaron Alexis
     
  123.  
    Gerritt, Washington

    tweets: Spent about an hour in an underground parking garage, with all exits surrounded by police or FBI or MP's, all in SWAT gear.

     
  124.  
    2100:

    And that's all from our live coverage of the Navy Yard shooting which has left 13 people dead, including a suspected gunman. Our main news story will continue to reflect all the latest developments.

     

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