The dead gunman who shot and killed up to 12 people at the Washington DC Navy Yard this morning (Sept. 16) has been identified as Aaron Alexis. The FBI says the 34-year-old shooter was a military contractor from Texas.
The suspect was positively identified using fingerprints and ID, the Washington FBI Field Office said.
A military contractor ID removed from the suspect’s body matched the appearance of the dead man, a law enforcement source said.
At least 12 people were killed in the shooting, which put government buildings on lockdown and sent police SWAT teams rushing to the scene.
A dozen people are confirmed dead after the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said, and others are injured.
Many questions are still being asked as authorities are still unsure whether or not Alexis acted alone. As reported earlier, D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier suggested there may be two additional shooters abroad.
During a press conference this afternoon, Lanier said that authorities were looking for a white male in possible military-styled uniform armed with a handgun. and a black man in his 50s in a similar outfit with a long rifle. According to a Washington Post report, the white suspect has been cleared of any connection to the shooting. No word has been released regarding the other suspect.
Hip-HopWired was able to speak with a pair of individuals that work on and near the the Navy Yard. Tami Sawyer, an employee with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), spoke with us via email and offered her take of today’s events.
“This is the craziest situation I’ve ever experienced. I lost it on the street outside the yard. Trying to text my friends and coworkers on the inside; I could barely text,” said Sawyer.
She added that as she and fellow employees began checking in for work, they were immediately locked down. Sawyer says normally she would have been inside the building where the shooting happened, but was late arriving because she returned home to grab a gym bag.
Richard Hines, an employee with the nearby Department of Transportation, echoed Ms. Sawyer’s assessment. “We couldn’t leave, couldn’t even peek our heads outside the door and we had to stay away from all windows,” said Hines.
The death toll currently stands at 13, including the shooter, according to DC Mayor Vincent Gray.
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