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Washington, D.C. Navy Yard shooting rampage

U.S. Navy Yard shooting scene

A gunman dressed in all black fired shots Monday, September 16, 2013. inside the U.S. Navy Yard, injuring at least 10 people, according to the Navy and a Washington police spokesman. Police are pictured responding on the scene.

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Liberals always use tragedy to their advantage

Once again, the nation is mourning the death of innocent Americans in a senseless shooting rampage. On Monday, at the Washington Naval Yard, IT contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 people during his attack. Eventually he was killed by police officers, but not before adding to our nation’s history of horrific mass violence.

Alexis was obviously a very mentally disturbed individual with a record of violence. He had several incidents of improperly using a firearm. According to this friends and family, Alexis was angry because of supposed mistreatment. He was a walking time bomb who should have never received a security clearance into a military facility. He suffered from paranoia and reportedly was taking medication to deal with “voices” he was hearing.

Alexis was reportedly addicted to violent video games, spending 16 hours at a time playing online. He obviously had a loose grip on reality, and turned his anger against innocent people.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Hollywood star Henry Winkler, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and CNN host Piers Morgan made news. These staunch liberals used the tragedy to rail about gun violence. These “celebrities” and many others in the public eye continually make the case that our country needs European style gun control.

At first, reporters claimed that Alexis used an AR-15 rifle to kill his victims. This just fed the liberal narrative that the AR-15 and other types of “assault weapons” are dangerous and need to be permanently banned in this country.

Not surprisingly, they did not do their homework for Alexis used a shotgun, not an AR-15 rifle. While he also lifted a handgun from a victim, there is no evidence that any “assault weapon” was used in the incident. Unfortunately, for liberals, the facts do not matter and this new information will not stop the lamebrain calls for more gun control.

Liberals will use any tragedy, whether it occurs in Columbine or Sandy Hook, to promote their political agenda.

In this case, before the victims were even identified, liberals were pushing for more gun control legislation. This is hopelessly idealistic for any new gun control initiatives will have very little impact on criminals who do not follow the law. If enacted, new legislation will compel law abiding citizens to comply, leaving criminals with a full range of weapons to commit crime with less fear of retaliation.

In our country today, there are just not enough police officers on the streets to provide security for everyone. The answer is not fewer guns, but more guns in the hands of responsible citizens. In the case of Alexis, if the naval yard was not a “gun free zone” there would have been a chance for an armed individual to stop the massacre.

In this case, the solution is not more gun control. Alexis was a very troubled person who should have been institutionalized. This case exposes severe holes in our mental health system.

Americans should also be concerned that a person with mental health issues with a history of violence was given security clearance to gain admittance to a military facility and work as a contractor. Clearly, more enhanced security is necessary at our military installations.

This tragedy should also lead Americans to seriously examine the impact of violent video games. Along with violence in movies, music videos, websites, and TV shows, Americans are being inundated with disturbing images. This results in people becoming desensitized about violence and could spur violent behavior from disturbed individuals like Alexis.

In the wake of this event, Americans should come together with the goal of trying to prevent these massacres in the future. It is a time for serious reflection, not political grandstanding.

(CNN) — Besides the 13 people who were killed, 14 people were injured in Monday morning’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Navy Vice Adm. William D. French told reporters Monday night. The 13 dead include suspect Aaron Alexis.

 

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This booking photo is of Aaron Alexis from a September 4, 2010 incident in Fort Worth, TX.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday left at least 12 people dead, plus a suspect, in what Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier called “one of the worst things we’ve seen.”

Gunshots shattered a quiet late summer morning at the historic military post inside the largest of the Navy’s five commands.

What follows is a timeline of events as they unfolded compiled from law enforcement, witnesses, Twitter and CNN and affiliate reporting.

 

* Suspect, who authorities believe was staying at a Washington hotel, drove onto the post with his military contractor identification and parked. He walked a short distance into the Naval Sea Systems Command and made his way to an overlook above atrium and started shooting down, a U.S. law enforcement official told CNN.

He was armed with an AR-15, a rifle and a semi-automatic Glock. It is believed he used AR-15 for most of the shooting, the official said.

*Just after 8:15 a.m. ET.: First frantic calls to police are received about shots at Building 197.

Police response:

* Within two to three minutes Metropolitan Police officers were on the scene, said Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

* Internal security had already identified and engaged the suspect. We already had victims down at that point, Lanier said.

* A Metropolitan Police officer and a base security officer were hurt.

* Officers enter the building and communicate to commanders what they saw: multiple victims and gunfire, Lanier said.

* Within seven minutes we had active shooter teams, moving through the building, Lanier said.

* She described a sporadic gun battle — “mulitple engagements” – that witnesses said lasted 40 minutes or so.

* Police helicopters converge on the scene, prompting the Federal Aviation Administration to temporarily halt flights at Reagan National airport to clear the air space around the city.

* 10:05 a.m.: Navy confirms via Twitter several injuries with reports of fatalities.

What witnesses saw:

* Fire alarm blares through facility where shooter reported inside the building, according to witness Terrie Durham.

* Wardens yelled for everyone to get out as fast as possible.

* Durham and Todd Brundidge were part of a group that rushed into a hallway toward the exit. Then they saw a man with a rifle. “We noticed him down the hall and he stepped around the corner and we heard shots,” Brundidge told CNN affiliate WJLA. What seemed like two or three seconds passed, and then “he aimed his gun at us and then he fired at least two or three shots.”

* Durham said the gunman was too far away to see his face, but “we could see him with the rifle and he raised and aimed at us and fired.” The shots hit high on the wall, and the group she was with ran out of the building.

* Patricia Ward said she heard three shots “pow, pow, pow.” She said she heard three more shots from the direction of the cafeteria 30 seconds later.

* Cmdr. Tim Juris said someone was shot right in front of him.

“We were just standing here … having a conversation and we heard two more gunshots and he went down. That’s when I ran,” Juris said.

SWAT team on scene

10:06 a.m. — Chris Kelly, Metro police spokesman, tells CNN there are 10 victims Kelly tells CNN the main suspect was an adult black male, 6 feet, bald, medium complexion and wearing black clothing – black top and black jeans.

10:34 a.m. — Metro police spokeswoman Saray Leon denies media reports about three suspects possibly involved, saying authorities were looking for one suspect.

10:40 a.m. Counterterrorism officials have briefed President Barack Obama “several times” about the shooting, a White House official says.

10:46 a.m. At least 10 people have been injured, according to police. Navy issues statement saying there are “several injuries with reports of fatalities.”

10:55 a.m. — SWAT team moves through main gate and helps get people out of the building.

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 agents.

Confusion over shooters

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. Zeigler says law enforcement is still trying to clear Building 197 to determine if there are any more shooters.

11:31 a.m.: Helicopter hover over the scene, and it appears one chopper contains a police sniper.

11:50 a.m. — A senior Navy official tells CNN’s Barbara Starr that a suspected shooter is dead.

The suspect was identified as Aaron Alexis, 34, a former Navy reservist and a current military contractor, the Washington FBI Field Office told CNN. His identity was confirmed by fingerprints and a picture ID card.

11:38 a.m. — Janice Orlowski, chief medical officer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, 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.”

12:14 p.m.: Police say they are looking for two other possible suspects. One was described as a white male in a khaki tan military uniform with a handgun. Authorities also were on the lookout for a black male, about 50, who may have had a long gun. That person was wearing an olive, drab colored, possible military style uniform, Lanier said.

The white male was later cleared of any involvement, while the search continued for the second man, authorities said.

2 p.m.: Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said 12 people were killed. He later added a 13th fatality, including the main suspect.

7 p.m.: FBI investigators rule out additional shooters but Metropolitan Police still sought one person to discern if there was any involvement.

Alan Silverleib, Evan Perez, Brian Todd, Barbara Starr and Tom Cohen contributed to this report.

New_Orleans_Naval_Air_Station_Joint_Reserve_Base_277x177(from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans) – Regarding today’s incident at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard, the current security posture for Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans is to remain ready, vigilant and alert. The air station does not discuss the specifics of force protection measures or its security policy. The security force is always on duty, watchful and prepared to act.

Below is additional information that may be important to your viewers.

Family members of Washington Navy Yard employees looking for information about their loved ones can contact the Warfighter and Family Support Center at 202-433-6151 or 202-433-9713 Navy officials said Sept. 16.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — [Breaking news update at 3:59 p.m. Monday]

The dead suspect in Monday’s killings at the Washington Navy Yard has been identified as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor from Texas, the Washington FBI Field Office told CNN’s Pamela Brown.

[Original story, posted at 3:31 p.m. Monday]

12 killed in Navy Yard shooting rampage; suspect identified

(CNN) — Twelve people were killed Monday after at least one shooter opened fire in a rampage at a Navy yard in the nation’s capital, putting government buildings on lockdown and sending police SWAT teams rushing to the scene.

One suspect is dead, and one other gunman may be on the loose, police said.

Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier declined to provide specifics about why police believed others could be tied to the shooting.

Police cleared one person they had been looking for in connection with the shooting, saying in a Twitter post that a white man in a tan outfit had “been identified and is not a suspect or person of interest.” But another possible gunman apparently remained at large.

A dozen people are confirmed dead after the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Lanier said, and others are injured.

Who opened fire at the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command — and why — remains unclear.

The dead suspect has been fingerprinted and identified, a government official with detailed knowledge of the investigation told CNN’s Deborah Feyerick.

“We still don’t know all the facts. But we do know that several people have been shot and some have been killed,” President Barack Obama said earlier Monday afternoon. “So we are confronting yet another mass shooting. And today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital.”

Obama called the shooting a “cowardly act” that targeted military and civilians serving their country.

“They know the dangers of serving abroad,” he said, “but today they faced the unimaginable violence that we wouldn’t have expected here at home.”

Witness: People pushed their way out of building

The violence started unfolding at 8:20 a.m. when several shots were fired inside the southeast Washington facility.

Police spokesman Chris Kelly earlier described a suspect as an adult male, about 6 feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black jeans.

Two witnesses told CNN affiliate WJLA-TV that they heard a fire alarm go off in the building where they worked, then saw a man with a rifle down the hallway as they exited the building.

“He aimed the gun and fired our way,” a man who identified himself as Todd Brundidge told WJLA, adding, “I couldn’t believe it.”

People frantically ran down stairs to get out of the building, Brundidge said.

“They were pushing. They were shoving. People were falling down,” he told WJLA. “As we came outside, people were climbing the wall trying to get over the wall to get out. …. It was just crazy.”

The injured included a Washington police officer who has been hospitalized, and a base security guard officer, said Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Saray Leon.

Three people, including the D.C. police officer, were admitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with multiple gunshot wounds. They are expected to survive, chief medical officer Janis Orlowski told reporters.

One person was pronounced dead at George Washington University Hospital, according to Dr. Babak Sarani, chief of trauma and acute care there.

SWAT teams swarm area

Meanwhile, at the Navy yard, helicopters hovered overhead. In one chopper, there appeared to be a police sniper peering out, with a scope at the ready.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent a team of about 20 special agents to the scene, a law enforcement official said. The team was the same group that helped apprehend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the official said.

Emergency personnel, the FBI, U.S. Capitol Police and local D.C. police responded to the shooting, shutting down traffic in the area on the District’s south side along the Anacostia River. Some people were evacuated, and others sheltered in place.

Paul Williams, who works at a nearby nonprofit, was headed to his office when he witnessed panic at the Navy yard.

“I heard four rapid bangs — bang, bang, bang, bang,” he said.

At first, he thought it was construction noise, but less than a minute later, he saw hundreds of people coming toward him.

“I didn’t know what was happening. I just ran with them,” Williams said. “Everyone seemed scared. People were crying. People were being consoled and calling loved ones and family.”

Government buildings, schools tighten security

Security was stepped up at the Pentagon.

At least eight schools were on lockdown as a precaution, the Washington public schools said.

Air traffic to Reagan National Airport in northern Virginia, the closest airport to downtown Washington, was suspended but later resumed, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The headquarters — the workplace for about 3,000 people — is the largest of the Navy’s five system commands. It has a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion.

“With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships and submarines and their combat systems,” the Navy said.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington’s congressional delegate, described the Navy yard as a “very secure facility.”

“And the Navy has managed to keep it secure while it has been open to the public,” she told reporters.

The Washington Navy Yard — the Navy’s oldest land establishment — was created in 1799 following an act of Congress, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. Originally envisioned as a shipbuilding and fitting facility on the Anacostia River, it serviced some of the Navy’s most famous early vessels, including the USS Constitution.

Burned during the War of 1812, the Navy Yard was transformed into a center for ordnance and technological development. The facility was the world’s largest ordnance plant during World War II, but its military role steadily diminished during the Cold War era.

Today, the Navy Yard includes the headquarters of Naval District Washington and is home to a naval museum. The area around the facility has been marked in recent years by significant commercial and residential revitalization.

CNN’s Barbara Starr reported from Washington, and CNN’s Catherine E. Shoichet reported from Atlanta. CNN’s Tom Cohen, Dan Merica, Larry Shaughnessy, Brian Todd, Alan Silverleib, Joe Johns, Eliott C. McLaughlin, Joe Sterling, Paul Courson and Evan Perez contributed to this report.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — [Breaking news update at 11:13 a.m. Monday]

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has sent a team of about 20 special agents to help authorities as they work to contain a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, a law enforcement official told CNN’s Evan Perez Monday. The team is the same one that helped apprehend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the official said.

[Breaking news update at 11:10 a.m. Monday]

The Pentagon “believes there has been loss of life” in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Pentagon spokesman George Little told CNN on Monday. He had no other details.

[Original story, posted at 11:09 a.m. Monday]

Two law officers among 10 people injured in naval facility shooting

(CNN) — A gunman dressed in all black fired shots Monday inside the U.S. Navy Yard, injuring at least 10 people, according to the Navy and a Washington police spokesman.

The U.S. Navy tweeted there are “several confirmed injuries with reports of fatalities.”

The injured included a Washington police officer who has been hospitalized, and a base security guard officer, said Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Saray Leon.

The incident occurred at 8:20 a.m. when several shots were fired inside the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command in southeast Washington. An “active shooter” remained inside the building, the Navy said.

Helicopters hovered overhead as police with riot and SWAT team gear swarmed the scene.

Police spokesman Chris Kelly described the suspect as an adult male, about 6 feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black jeans.

Two witnesses told CNN affiliate WJLA that they heard a fire alarm go off in the building where they worked, then saw a man with a rifle down the hallway as they exited the building.

“He aimed the gun and fired our way,” a man who identified himself as Todd Brundidge told WJLA, adding, “I couldn’t believe it.”

People frantically tried to run out of the building, Brundidge said.

“Everyone was going down the stairs. They were pushing. They were shoving. People were falling down,” he told WJLA. “As we came outside, people were climbing the wall trying to get over the wall to get out of the spaces. It was just crazy.”

Emergency personnel, the FBI, U.S. Capitol Police and local D.C. police responded to the shooting, shutting down traffic in the area on the District’s south side along the Anacostia River. Some people are being evacuated, and others are sheltering in place.

At least six schools were on lockdown as a precaution, the Washington public schools said in a Twitter post.

Air traffic to Reagan National Airport in northern Virginia, the closest airport to downtown Washington, was suspended but later resumed, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

A White House statement said President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation.

The headquarters — the workplace for about 3,000 people — is the largest of the Navy’s five system commands. It has a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion.

“With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships and submarines and their combat systems,” the Navy said.

The Washington Navy Yard — the Navy’s oldest land establishment — was created in 1799 following an act of Congress, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. Originally envisioned as a shipbuilding and fitting facility on the Anacostia River, it serviced some of the Navy’s most famous early vessels, including the USS Constitution.

Burned during the War of 1812, the Navy Yard was transformed into a center for ordnance and technological development. The facility was the world’s largest ordnance plant during World War II, but its military role steadily diminished during the Cold War era.

Today, the Navy Yard includes the headquarters of Naval District Washington and is home to a naval museum. The area around the facility has been marked in recent years by significant commercial and residential revitalization.

CNN’s Brian Todd, Alan Silverleib, Joe Sterling, Dan Merica, Barbara Starr, Paul Courson and Evan Perez contributed to this report.

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