Update: 12 Dead and What Is the Washington Naval Yard?

Courtesy of PBS, made with Google Maps.

Courtesy of PBS, made with Google Maps.

As of 2:05 p.m. according to the mayor of Washington DC, there are now 12 dead in the shooting at the Naval Yard. But there is no known motive at this point. There are other injuries including a couple other police officers. The FBI is taking over the investigation according to the Washington DC police chief.

Officials are still looking for two possible gunmen: a white male wearing what appears to be a tan naval uniform with beret and a black male 40 to 50 years of age with graying sideburns wearing a olive-drab “military-style”uniform.

Police are asking residents to stay out of the area of the Naval Yard. Law enforcement is still doing searches of buildings on the Naval Yard.

You can follow coverage on the New York Times blog, The Lede with Robert Mackey.

The following is background from PBS on what the Naval Yard is:

A tragic turn of events the President has dubbed “yet another mass shooting” began in the nation’s capital just before 8:30 a.m. Monday. As of this writing, at least six people have been killed and up to a dozen injured at Washington Navy Yard.

What is this place where the shooting happened? The Washington Navy Yard is mainly an administrative and ceremonial center, and houses the Navy Museum. It dates to the early 1800s, and is the oldest land establishment of the U.S. Navy — itself created a few years prior in 1794.

The complex is in southeast Washington, D.C., along 9th and M streets. It’s less than a mile from the Capitol building and 3.5 miles from the White House. The Yard covers 41 acres and roughly 16,000 employees work within the Navy Yard’s 2.2 million square feet of office space. At its peak around World War II, the Yard consisted of 188 buildings on 126 acres and employed nearly 25,000 people. On Monday, visitor hours started at 6:30 a.m.



One Response

  1. My prayers and condolences to the families of the fallen . What brings people to do these murderous acts ? I hope these cowards get caught and justice is dealt .

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