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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

D.C. Navy Yard Shooting: Aaron Alexis Identified as Main Suspect, Connections to Military Contractor

And some interesting questions being raised about active shooter terror drills going on recently in the same location.

Several reports are emerged earlier about active shooters at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard. Reports now indicate that while others might have been involved, it was one gunman who has killed 12 people and wounded 15, according to the latest at NavyYardShooting. The military has set up a Mass Causality Triage Center.

The Navy Yard employs 3,000 people, and all employees have apparently been cleared for release after an initial lockdown.

This comes days after Al-Qaeda's leader asked for terrorist attacks in the United States, though it's unclear at this time if this event is connected.

Activist Post updates added below with contact info. for family members:

Two shooters were initially reported at the Navy Yard - one wearing fatigues, another in all black - reports now say that both have been taken down. One of the shooters is now reported to have been killed. He was initially identified as a former Navy official in his 50s. However, D.C. Police Chief Lanier issued a statement moments ago that one shooter is confirmed dead, but there might be two more still on the loose. The suspected shooter is now being identified as a 34-year-old Texas man, born in New York City, Aaron Alexis.

The FBI has posted the following background information:

One of 2 or three suspected shooters, Aaron Alexis, 34.

Additionally, it is being reported that Alexis was a full-time active duty Navy reservist from May 2007 until January 2011. He was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas 2010 on a gun-related incident, but was not charged and was released from jail the following day. (Source)

The building that appears to have been targeted is the headquarters for the Naval Sea Systems command. Among the confirmed wounded are a naval security guard, as well as a D.C. police officer, with one other possible officer; the other victim(s) appear to be civilian. Interestingly, reports indicate that "the same Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives team that assisted with the Boston Marathon bombing have been deployed to Navy Yard." (source) A live update with the press can be found here. Two eyewitnesses describe seeing the shooter as he targeted their group, but he missed. Early reports indicate that multiple weapons were used including a semi-automatic rifle, shotgun and handgun.

1 comment:

  1. Laura Downes.... where are your comments now?