Several killed in shooting at Washington Navy Yard
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One suspect is dead and authorities are looking for two other possible gunmen after a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. this morning left several people dead and others wounded.
D.C. officials said "multiple" people were killed in the incident and at least four others were wounded, though authorities are still determining the number of casualties.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a news conference shortly after noon that authorities are looking for more suspects in the 8:20 a.m. attack.
One suspected gunman has died, Lanier said, though she didn't say how.
"We potentially have two other shooters that we have not located at this point," Lanier said. One suspect was a white man wearing a khaki military uniform and armed with a handgun. The other was described as a black man with a long gun, wearing an olive-colored military-style uniform.
Police didn't know whether either man was affiliated with the armed forces. Authorities did not offer any potential motive for the rampage.
An officer with D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department was among the wounded, Dr. Janis Orlowski at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center said at a news briefing. The officer was undergoing surgery and expected to survive.
Reports of how many were shot have varied, ranging from three to 12 wounded. At least six people died, Navy officials told the Associated Press, while the Washington Post reported that at least seven were slain.
The shooting victims are "patriots," said President Barack Obama, who called the incident a "cowardly act."
"They know the dangers of serving abroad," he said. "Today they faced unimaginable violence that they wouldn't have expected here at home."
Officials the incident didn't appear linked to any other attacks or plots.
"As far as we know, this is an isolated incident," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said.
Todd Brundidge, an executive assistant with Navy Sea Systems Command, told the AP that he and other co-workers encountered a gunman in a long hallway of their building on the third floor. The gunman was wearing all blue, he said.
"He just turned and started firing," Brundidge said.
Rick Mason, a program management analyst who is a civilian with the U.S. Navy, told the AP that a gunman was shooting from a fourth floor overlook in the hallway outside his office. He said the gunman was aiming down at people in the building's cafeteria on the first floor. Mason said he could hear the shots but could not see a gunman.
The Navy was calling the event an "active shooter" situation and was telling employees to shelter in place.
The Navy said the shooting happened at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, known as building 197 at the Southeast D.C. campus.
About 3,000 people work in that building.
"I'm deeply shocked and saddened by the shooting this morning at the Navy Yard," Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I have complete confidence in our first responders, and I continue to be completely focused on this very difficult situation."
Departures from Ronald Reagan National Airport were temporarily halted after the incident, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The airports authority said shortly after 10:15 a.m. that normal operations were resuming.