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Continually Updated: 13 Dead In Mass Shooting at Navy Yard; Gunman Identified as Aaron Alexis

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Multiple victims shot in ‘gun free zone’

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
September 16, 2013

13 people were shot dead at a Navy Yard in Washington DC today. The gunman is now confirmed dead and has been identified as 34-year-old civilian contractor Aaron Alexis.

Authorities feared that two other shooters may be at large. One of these has now been cleared, but according to the Washington Times, a third suspect, “is dressed in military garb but is not believed to be a U.S. service personnel. The suspect is described as a black man in his 50s, about 5‘10” with gray sideburns, carrying a long rifle in olive-colored garb.”

Initial reports of two or even three shooters were subsequently dismissed, with NBC reporting that there is “no hard evidence” of more than one shooter. A subsequent report states that, “The prospect of a 2nd or 3rd shooter is fading but they want to make certain…that the scene is clear.”

The Washington Post reports that there were, “as many as three shooters.”

Alexis entered the building with a shotgun but was later seen by eyewitnesses carrying an AR-15 assault rifle, which he may have stolen from a police officer who he shot in the legs.

The alleged shooter is a “34-year old from Texas who is now dead,” according to NBC News, which adds that the, “FBI believes he used ID of a former Navy Yard worker.”

The incident has “no known connection to terrorism,” according to the Department of Homeland Security.

One of the gunmen was described as having a dark complexion, approx 5’10″ to 6 feet, 170 pounds and wearing black shirt & hat. He was carrying an AR-15 assault rifle.

Earlier reports stated that one of the gunmen was injured and had been identified.

“We were lucky he was a bad shot,” said Terrie Durham and Todd Brundidge, who were caught up in the incident.

The same Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives team that was used in the aftermath of the Boston Bombings has been deployed.

The shooting began at 8:20am EST, according to the U.S. Navy’s official Twitter account.

It is worth noting that Washington Naval Yard, like the rest of DC, is a gun free zone (victim disarmament zone), meaning only criminals like the shooters involved in this incident are able to carry arms. Workers in the building were told to “shelter in place.”

“We urge citizens to listen to the authorities and follow directions from the first responders on site,” said the White House in a statement.

All departures out of Reagan National Airport were grounded as a result of the incident but have now resumed.

Some nearby schools are still on lockdown and parents have been told they cannot collect their children.

“An active shooter was reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building (Bldg. 197) on the Washington Navy Yard at 8:20 a.m. (Eastern Time),” states a press release.

Two police officers are amongst the victims.

More on this breaking story as it unfolds…..

This article was posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 11:53 am





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