Two cops shot at Washington Navy Yard E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

According to the Washington Post, police now believe two shooters, including one in fatigues, have killed four people and wounded eight others, including two cops, at the Washington Navy Yard. Police have so far said that one of the shooters is “down,” but it was unclear whether that means the suspect has been apprehended or shot.

Authorities said the other suspect remains at large, and police believe they have pinned down one between the third and fourth floors of one of the buildings on the installation in Southeast Washington as of this writing.

Police on the scene have said at least eight civilians were shot, along with two police officers. One is a D.C. Metro Police officer who was shot twice in the leg and was evacuated on a helicopter. The other officer worked at the base. That officer is being treated on the ground, police said.

A Navy Yard employee reached by telephone shortly before 10 a.m. said employees are still being told to stay put, or “shelter in place.”

The U.S. Navy said that three shots were fired around 8:20 a.m. at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building. About 3,000 employees work in that building.

Two Navy yard employees interviewed on CNN said they were fired on in a hallway by a gunman they described as a tall black man.

A woman who gave her name as Terry Durham said that as she and co-workers were evacuating, she saw a man at the other end of the hall raise a rifle and fire toward them.

“He was tall. He appeared to be dark-skinned,” she said.

“He was a tall black guy,” said her co-worker, Todd Brundage, who is black. “He didn’t say a word.”

Area police closed the 11th St Bridge as well as M St SE between 2nd and 4th streets SE due to the shooting. Entrances to the Navy Yard Metro station remain open.

U.S. Capitol Police confirmed enhanced security at the Capitol where the President has been briefed on the shooting.

“The President has been briefed several times about the unfolding situation at the Washington Navy Yard by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco and Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromanaco,” the official said.

“The President directed his team to stay in touch with our federal partners, including the Navy and FBI, as well as the local officials. We urge citizens to listen to the authorities and follow directions from the first responders on site.”


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