The fatal navy yard shooting this morning at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in Washington was a “horrific tragedy,” according to Washington Mayor Vincent Gray.
USA Today reported that the death toll has now risen to 12, with a number of people injured. Police are searching for one, possibly two, other suspected shooters who are still at large.
Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that authorities are looking for a caucasian male wearing a military uniform, a beret, and carrying a hand gun.
They are also searching for an African-American male aged between 40 and 50, also wearing military attire and carrying a shotgun of some description.
Janis Orlowsky, the chief medical officer from MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where the injured are being treated, said they are currently attending to three victims from today’s Navy Yard Shooting. “We’re pretty darned experienced at this,” Orlowsky said, noting that the hospital was told to “expect victims.”
An eyewitness who was at the scene of the shooting, Patricia Ward, said: “I heard three shots — pow, pow, pow. Thirty seconds later I heard four more shots,” she continued: “A lot of people were just panicking. There were no screams or anything because we were in shock.”
The White House has of course been following the shooting incident closely. President Obama issued a brief statement today: “I made it clear to my team that I want the investigation to be seamless,” he said.
It remains to be seen what the outcome of the police investigation on the navy yard shooting will be and if indeed, as reported by USA Today, there are still two gunmen at large.