Navy Yard shooting
, A former Navy reservist with a "pattern of
misconduct" unleashed a barrage of bullets at the Washington Navy Yard
on Monday, killing 12 people and injuring eight others.
Employed as a military
contractor, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis began at the Navy Yard last week,
but worked at multiple Navy offices over the summer, according to
employer Homas Hoshko, CEO of The Experts, an HP subcontractor. Hoshko
said there were no reports of problems with Alexis at the other Navy
Authorities said Alexis was killed after an encounter with security.
In addition to the dead
suspect, who authorities identified earlier, police late Monday released
the names and ages of seven of the 12 people killed in the shooting.
None of the seven was military personnel. They are Michael Arnold, 59;
Sylvia Frasier, 53; Kathy Gaarde, 62; John Roger Johnson, 73; Frank
Kohler, 50; Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46; and Vishnu Pandit, 61. The
names of the other five will be released once their families have been
Eight people were injured
in the shooting rampage, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray told reporters
Monday night. Three of those were injured by gunfire, and the others had
other types of injuries, such as contusions and chest pain. Earlier
Monday evening, Navy Vice Adm. William D. French said 14 people were
Washington police are
confident that only one person was involved in Monday morning's shooting
at the Washington Navy Yard, and they are lifting a shelter-in-place
order for residents who live nearby, Police Chief Cathy Lanier said
Authorities are still searching for more information about Alexis, and they're asking the public for help.
"No piece of information
is too small," said Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of
the Washington FBI Field Office. "We are looking to learn everything we
can about his recent movements, his contacts and associates."
Even as the FBI ruled
out any other shooters in the rampage at the headquarters for Naval Sea
Systems Command, Metropolitan Police were trying to track down at least
one person to determine whether that individual had any involvement.
"We'll continue to seek
information about what the motive is. We don't have any reason at this
stage to suspect terrorism," Gray told reporters, "but certainly it has
not been ruled out."
The other possible
suspect was described by police as a black male, between 40 and 50,
wearing an "olive drab-colored" military-style uniform.
"We still don't know all
the facts. But we do know that several people have been shot and some
have been killed," President Barack Obama said Monday afternoon. "So we
are confronting yet another mass shooting. And today it happened on a
military installation in our nation's capital."
Obama called the shooting a "cowardly act" that targeted military and civilians serving their country.
"They know the dangers
of serving abroad," he said, "but today they faced the unimaginable
violence that we wouldn't have expected here at home."
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