Shocking Shooting at Washington Navy Yard

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Via NY Daily News reports:

A Texas man has been identified as at least one of the gunmen who massacred twelve people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday.

Aaron Alexis, a civilian contractor, apparently used the identification of a man who used to work at the base to get past security and once inside he began blasting away with a shotgun and an assault rifle, according to the FBI.

Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, was killed in a gun battle with police, the sources said. The ID that Alexis allegedly used was found later by his body in Building 197, NBC News reported.

Earlier, police said they were looking for two other potential “shooters,” but one has now been ruled out as a possible suspect, sources said.

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The other, a black man, in his 50’s with graying sideburns and wearing an olive drab military-style outfit, is still being sought. SWAT crews as well as police from multiple local and federal agencies are on the scene, according to the Associated Press.

“We have no known motive at this stage,” said Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray.

Gray added that they have no reason to believe it was an act of terrorism, but he also would not rule it out. Two police officers were reportedly among those wounded at the besieged Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building, which is less than two miles from the U.S. Capitol.

One was a Washington, D.C., cop who was hit twice in the legs while trading shots with a gunman. Among the fatalities was a 60-year-old man who was shot in the temple, officials said. The other victims were all said to be civilians who work at the base in southeast Washington.

Janis Orlowski, the chief medical officer at Washington Hospital Center, said the three victims brought there were in critical condition but were able to talk with doctors and are expected to survive.

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