Bolling Air Force Base Shooting Reports False, Authorities Say

Nathan Francis - Author

Sep. 16 2013, Updated 9:19 a.m. ET

Reports of shooting at Bolling Air Force Base are not true, officials said Monday.

The reports came amid the confusion of the active shooter situation at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. As details trickled in about the shooting that left several dead and several more wounded at the Navy Yard, rumors emerged that there was a separate shooting at Bolling Air Force Base, pointing to evidence of a coordinated terrorist attack.

On Monday, officials clarified that those reports were not true.

Meanwhile, they were still trying to piece together what took place at the Washington Navy Yard. Police said at least one gunman opened fire, killing several people and leaving as many as 10 wounded.

The Navy Yard shooter has died, though Department of Defense officials have not said how.

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But authorities say the situation may not be over yet. Law enforcement sources have told reporters that they are searching for a possible second suspect.

Reports from eyewitnesses remain hazy, with some saying the shooter opened fire from the fourth floor and others say the gunman was in a third-floor hallway. It’s not clear if these are reports of a roaming shooter or if there was indeed more than one gunman.

Close to 3,000 people work at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, the command center for the purchase and maintenance of Navy ships.

Bolling Air Force Base is located in southwest Washington, D.C. Named for World War I hero Colonel Raynal C. Bolling, the base was used during World War II as a training facility. The primary mission of the base today is to “provide worldwide flagship ceremonial and musical ambassadorship, as well as comprehensive wartime base operating support.”


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