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Washington Navy Yard shooter leaves at least 12 dead
As many as 12 people were shot and killed at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, Washington officials said. The suspected gunman also died in the incident at the Naval Sea Systems Command building.
A law enforcement official told CBS News' Pat Milton the suspected shooter apparently had a handgun, an AR-15 assault rifle, and a shotgun with him and was wearing dark blue clothing.
"We are confronting yet another mass shooting," President Obama said today during remarks that were intended to address the financial crisis. "And today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capital."
Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said they were looking for two other possible gunmen wearing military-style uniforms, although she said this was more out of an abundance of caution than a certainty they were involved in the incident. Lanier said she didn't think the other gunmen were part of the military.
An official told CBS News the number of victims could be higher because it is a "chaotic scene." None of the victims have been identified because families must be notified first.
Witnesses described a gunman opening fire from the fourth floor, aiming down on people in the first-floor cafeteria. Others said a gunman fired at them in a third-floor hallway.
As witnesses emerged from the building, a helicopter hovered over the building and schools were on lockdown. Less than 2 miles away, security was beefed up at the Capitol, but officials said there was no known threat there.
The Navy said about 3,000 people work in the building. People inside the building have been directed to stay in place.
District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier said they got their first call about the incident at 8:15 a.m. ET. Police from multiple local and federal agencies responded along with SWAT crews.
The FAA issued a ground stop on all outgoing flights for a short time Monday morning at Reagan National Airport for "security" reasons, and officials confirmed that it was related to the situation in the Navy Yard. Flights were operating as normal at Dulles Airport all morning.
United States Capitol Police said they are "providing mutual support & assistance to the Metropolitan Police Department" in a press release. They said the incident was "contained to the Navy Yard."
President Obama offered his condolences to the victims and their families.
"We will do everything in our power to make sure whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible," Mr. Obama said.
Naval Sea Systems Command is the largest of the Navy's five system commands and accounts for a quarter of the Navy's entire budget.
It builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems.