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“This is still a very active law enforcement scene, “ Lanier said at 4:00 pm. ET. Residents and businesses in the area of the shooting, which is located near the Washington Nationals baseball stadium, were asked to “shelter in place,” she said. The Nationals game scheduled for Monday night was postponed until Tuesday.

Lanier said authorities were close to determining whether the second shooting suspect was involved in the attack, or whether it was a lone gunman.

The FBI identified the dead gunman as Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas. FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Washington office, Valerie Parlave, indicated that authorities know very little about the dead gunman and asked for the public’s help. The FBI posted photos of Alexis on its website, FBI.gov.

“No piece of information is too small, “ she said. “We are looking to learn everything we can about his recent movements, his contacts and his associates.”

Lanier also said the FBI has taken over the investigation from local police and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service into the shooting, highlighted by dramatic television images of helicopters rescuing wounded Navy workers, some of whom were air-lifted off the roof of one building in the Navy complex.

Asked for details on why authorities suspect there may be additional shooters at large, Lanier said: “We have multiple pieces of information that would suggest” there are additional armed suspects.

DC Police have asked anyone with information about the shootings to call 800-225-5321. The FBI contact number is 202=278-2000 or 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Lanier described the remaining suspect as a black man in his 40s with gray sideburns and wearing olive-colored military fatigues. An additional suspect, a white man wearing tan clothing, was later identified and cleared.

Lanier said DC police arrived on the scene within seven minutes of when shots were reported fired, around 8:15 a.m. ET. Several “engagement units” of police exchanged gunfire  with Alexis and eventually cornered him, she said,  He was then shot and killed.

Of the shooting scene, Lanier said, “it certainly was one of the worst things we’ve scene in Washington, DC as [police] officers.”

At the White House, President Barack Obama said he was briefed by aides on what he called “another mass shooting.”

“And today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capital,” he said. “It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job protecting all of us. They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they faced the unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home.”

“We send our thoughts and prayers to all at the Navy Yard who’ve been touched by this tragedy,” he said.

 

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