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Several killed in US Navy base shooting

From News Services

Four people have been killed and at least eight others injured in a shooting at the US Navy Yard in Washington, a Navy official said.

Police were searching the Navy complex after the shooting on Monday morning to track down one or several gunmen involved in the attack.

Washington Post reported that there were three shooters, including one in military fatigues.

A federal law enforcement official and a Defence Department official said a shooter had died.

Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett, reporting from the scene, said there was an “enormous police presence” in the vicinity of the Navy Yard. wo helicopters were flying over the complex and roads were blocked.

A Washington police spokesman said a police officer and one other law enforcement officer were among those shot.

The Navy did not officially confirm the number of casualties, but said “several” people had suffered injuries. It said people inside the building had been directed to stay in place.

The Navy said at least three shots were fired at 8:20 am (13:20 GMT) in the headquarters building of the Naval Sea Systems Command.

About 3,000 people work at the headquarters.

‘Fortress’

Witnesses saw police with rifles running towards the complex as police believed the attacker was holed up inside.

Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan described the attack as “shocking”, since the Navy complex is a high-security facility.

“It’s a fortress,” she said, adding that staff need to present ID cards to get in and that cars are checked to get access to the complex grounds.

Todd Brundidge, an executive assistant with Navy Sea Systems Command, said he and other co-workers encountered a gunman in a hallway of their building on the third floor. The gunman was wearing all blue, he said.

“He just turned and started firing,” Brundidge said.

Flights at Reagan National Airport were temporarily halted to enable helicopters to fly injured to hospital.

Janis Orlowski, a hospital spokeswoman at Medstar Washington Medical Center, said the hospital was treating two civilians and one police officer who were in critical condition with gunshot wounds.

She said the hospital expected more victims to arrive, and confirmed that others had died at the Navy Yard.

The White House said President Barack Obama had been briefed about the unfolding situation by senior aides.

Naval Sea Systems Command builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships and submarines and their combat systems.

It is the largest of the Navy’s five system commands and accounts for a quarter of the Navy’s entire budget.

The Navy Yard complex is located 1.6km south of the US Capitol. It includes a museum and the residence of the chief of naval operations, among other buildings.

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  1. Smitty Reply

    September 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and make a prediction, it was jihad

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