September 18, 2013

Active Shooter at Washington Navy Yard: Terrorism or Crazy? UPDATE: 1 Shooter Down Update II Disgruntled Worker Batshit Crazy Dead Shooter Identified as Aaron Alexis

Yahoo:

The Washington Navy Yard was placed on lockdown after multiple shots were fired inside a building on the base, the U.S. Navy said. There were reports of several fatalities.

At least 10 people were injured in the shooting, including eight civilians, one Washington, D.C., Metro police officer and one base officer, D.C. Metro Police said.

The Navy said three shots were fired at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building on the base at 8:20 a.m., and police were treating it as an active shooter situation. According to the Washington Post, the officer was shot near the room where a lone gunman had barricaded himself. According to the paper, police had the shooter "pinned down" between the third and fourth floors.

A description of the shooter via CNN:
Kelly described the suspect as an adult male, about 6 feet tall with a bald head and medium complexion, dressed in a black top and black jeans.
There's not many details at this time other than reports of up to 10 injured, some fatally.

We'll update when more is known.

Update: Washington Post is reporting at least two shooters as are some other sources. If confirmed multiple shooters make it very likely this is a terrorist attack, rather than your lone nut.

WAPO also has a description of one of the subjects.

A woman who gave her name as Terry Durham said that as she and co-workers were evacuating, she saw a man down the hall raise a rifle and fire toward them, hitting a wall. “He was tall. He appeared to be dark-skinned,” she said.

“He was a tall black guy,” said her co-worker, Todd Brundage, who is black. “He didn’t say a word.”

UPDATE by Rusty: I can't help but think this is terrorism. It fits the MO. Then again, it might just be that I'm a hammer so everything looks like a nail to me.

But as of this writing it looks like they may have at least one of the shooters surrounded. We'll update when we can.

UPDATE by Rusty: Watching the local Fox affiliate live and they are claiming that one of the shooters is reportedly dead, but no official confirmation.

Update by Howie: The police are searching for other possible suspects but the dead shooter has been identified as " A former Navy official in his 50's whose work status recently changed".

He was reportedly targeting specific people with a shotgun

Authorities say the shooter was targeting specific people.

Witnesses say the gunman wore was in all blue and had a double-barrel shotgun.

So it may be the reports of other gunmen are just from the confusion created by the incident combined with all the military and police on site. Its looking very likely that this is a lone crazy disgruntled worker scenario.

We'll update if any other suspects are identified or caught.

Update: The dead perp is identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis formerly of Ft. Worth.

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Hat Tip: Oliver.

Final Update: Its been determined that Aaron Alexis was batshit crazy, bought a shotgun the day before, despite police contact that indicated he was batshit crazy and hearing voices at a hotel. Navy Yard authorities were notified by police of the batshit craziness of Aaron Alexis.

This was all six weeks before he went off. Somebody um, you know, effed this up royally.

By Howie at 07:28 AM | Comments |