Horrible news this morning as a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard is being reported. The U.S. Navy has confirmed via Twitter:
Reports and photos from the scene are also pouring in via Twitter and the hashtag #navyyardshooting is being used.
A shelter in place order is in effect.
Mayor Gray is imploring people to stay away from the area.
Twitchy will continue to monitor this breaking news and update with further developments.
One injury is being confirmed:
Full statement from the U.S. Navy:
WASHINGTON (NNS) — 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).
There is one confirmed injury. Emergency personnel are on scene and a “shelter in place” order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel.
This release will be updated as new information is confirmed.
The Naval Sea Systems Command’s headquartes is the work place for about 3,000 people.
The organization is comprised of command staff, headquarters directorates, affiliated Program Executive Offices (PEOs) and numerous field activities. Together, we engineer, build, buy and maintain ships, submarines and combat systems that meet the Fleet’s current and future operational requirements.
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the largest of the Navy’s five system commands. With a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion, NAVSEA accounts for one quarter of the Navy’s entire budget. With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships and submarines and their combat systems.
Other reports indicate multiple injuries.
Some reports now coming in that an officer is down.
Our thoughts and prayers are will all at the scene. We will continue to monitor for further developments.
Fox News is now reporting the calls of “officer down.”
More photos from the tense and frightening scene and surrounding area:
Awful. We continue to pray for all at the scene.
Heartbreaking reports of multiple injuries and fatalities.
The shooter has reportedly barricaded himself in a building.
On-scene reports continue:
Flights have been grounded:
Area schools reportedly on lock-down:
President Obama has reportedly been briefed and a White House official issued a statement:
On-scene photos of a reported helicopter rescue of one of the injured:
More than one shooter?
Latest reports indicate 12 injured and four fatalities.
This still has not been confirmed.
Numerous outlets report that a shooter is dead. According to ABC, the deceased is a former Navy official:
The AP is reporting at least six fatalities:
Some media outlets have identified the dead alleged shooter as Rollie Lee Chance:
Editor’s note: A tweet purporting to show a picture of Rollie Chance was deleted by the Twitter user and the linked photo is no longer available.
Both CBS and NBC have retracted their initial reports:
Media are now naming the deceased gunman as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis:
More on Alexis here.
Today’s shootings have claimed at least 12 victims.