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President Obama was briefed several times Monday morning by his top counterterrorism aide about the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, a White House official said.
Saying the service had suffered a "horrific blow," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on Monday vowed Navy personnel would rally as a family from the attack that left 13 people dead at one of the Navy's oldest and most storied bases.
Authorities investigating Monday's D.C. shooting spree believe the gunman brought a shotgun, legally purchased from a suburban Virginia gun shop, to the Navy Yard and acquired additional weapons at the scene, according to three law enforcement officials.
Aaron Alexis, the gunman in the Washington Navy Yard shooting rampage, had been suffering a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and hearing voices in his head.
When shots rang out Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives deployed three dozen agents with unique training.
Several online jihadists suggested Islamists were behind the deadly shooting at the Navy Yard as federal and local police investigated the motive behind the attack.
The Washington Nationals-Atlanta Braves game scheduled for Monday night has been postponed in the wake of the deadly shooting earlier in the day at the nearby Washington Navy Yard.
It was interesting to read the explanation for Gen. James F. Amos' frustration with the decision of Lt. Gen. Waldhauser not to "crush" the Marines ("Marine Corps drops Taliban urination desecration case; commandant saves face," Web, Sept. 7). Perhaps it was the same kind of frustration the Marines felt when the enemy had blown one of their comrades away and hung his leg from a tree.
The Navy will keep four destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean and an aircraft carrier strike group in the Red Sea to maintain a "strong military posture" for a potential strike on Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday.