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13 Dead, Officer Shot In D.C. Rampage

September 16, 2013  | 

Screenshot via WSJ/You Tube.
Screenshot via WSJ/You Tube.
At least 13 people died and several others, including a police officer, were wounded in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning.

Authorities searched for a second shooter following the attack, after a gunman was been shot and killed while barricaded in a room in the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters building. He was killed during a running gun battle with police, reports the Associated Press.

The FBI took over the investigation and identified the gunman as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist and civilian contractor from Fort Worth, Texas, reports NBC News.

During the chaotic scene, the gunman shot a responding Metropolitan (D.C.) Police officer. The D.C. Metro officer, who was shot twice in the leg, underwent surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, reports the Washington Post.

Metro (D.C.) Police SWAT officers responded to the scene and coordinated with other agencies to secure the scene, Officer Kristopher Baumann told

"Our tactical teams risked their lives in order to save the civilians trapped on the grounds," said Baumann, a past president of FOP Lodge 1. "The Navy Yard is a large complex with a variety of buildings and exit points. The Metropolitan Police Department and other agencies did an extraordinary job in securing the perimeter, moving traffic and civilians out of harm's way, and containing the situation."

The U.S. Navy said three shots were fired around 8:20 p.m. at Building 197 where about 3,000 people work.

Comments (20)

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Leonard Mather @ 9/16/2013 5:53 PM

DC has archaic Gun Laws based on wishful thinking and an obdurate denial of statistics. Belief in "signs" such as Gun Free or belief in the Gun Laws are both examples of the error in logic called "symbol referent ambiguity." The cure for such carnage is to allow military personnel the right to carry a weapon on post. Doing so would change things, such as fewer deaths at Ft Hood and fewer at the Navy Yard. However making such change might alter voting trends. Wimps and Wussies love symbol referent ambiguity.

Jim F @ 9/16/2013 6:17 PM

In the AP article, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was asked whether this may have been a terrorist attack, and he said: "We don't have any reason to think that at this stage." But he said the possibility had not been ruled out.
Just what constitutes a "terrorist attack"? When 13 people are killed, many more wounded, hundreds of emergency personnel are mobilized, and thousands are locked down, that sounds like terror to me, no matter WHAT the motivation. What is the purpose of the "terrorist" label?

garyjansen @ 9/16/2013 6:58 PM

there is no need for terrist attacks we need to get along be at peace

Rick @ 9/16/2013 7:00 PM

"AR-15 assault rifle"...I assume that you meant "sport utility rifle" or "personal defense rifle" as the AR-15 is semi-auto.

GP Cobb @ 9/16/2013 7:22 PM

Rick, you see where this goes; AR-15, shotgun, semi auto pistol. Smells of a setup to me and another staged event to do a gun grab. Where is the body?
Anyone see it? Event after event to make conspiracy theories come true.

LT @ 9/16/2013 7:28 PM

Mr. Mather...every word you wrote is true. Very well thought through sir. I couldn't agree more.

GP Cobb @ 9/16/2013 7:36 PM

#2: since when is an AR15 an Assault Rifle? The M16 and the M4 yes; but not the semi AR15 model which is simply a semi-auto civilian sporting rifle.

LT @ 9/16/2013 8:08 PM are dead on sir. But the bleeding heart liberials in Washington will never see it that way. Because votes count now more than ever, they will side with what the general public thinks rather than what is actual fact.

Retired deputy @ 9/16/2013 8:30 PM

This will be another opportunity for the gun haters to attack assault rifles as they all them ! Sad that the dead people's families will be paraded around for political bill passing !!

Chicago Sam @ 9/16/2013 9:58 PM

God bless those who were there. Like those who were wounded and killed at Fort Hood because of the Democrats like Bill Clinton none were armed and they were American Military. Our own anti-2nd Amendment Government has succeeded in turning American Military bases into SOFT TARGETS because they will not let those trained to protect and defend have the basic tools to repel and attack.

B OBBY PERRY @ 9/16/2013 11:32 PM

OH WELL,ANOTHER GRAND STAND FOR JOHN KERRY AND HIS INFLUENCE WITH THE UN Yeah! disarm America. I did my thesis on this sort of crap it will get worse .

BOBBY PERRY @ 9/16/2013 11:36 PM

another wave of what John Kerry wants to influence the UN into disarming America .I am really sorry for those who died, but I have to believe in my thesis and now you know the rest of the story.

Lenny @ 9/17/2013 12:11 AM

13 people died and all you bray on about is what is the proper way to describe the thing that killed them, and how this is somehow the fault of Bill Clinton and liberals. My sincerest condolences to the families of the victims. To most of you here go cover something with cheese get comfy in the Barcalounger, and watch Fox News for the next few days so you can find out the true horror of the conspiracy. You're pathetic

stu @ 9/17/2013 6:36 AM

1st off he had a shotgun and pistol the AR-15 was picked up off a dead body shut up all you anti guns idiots get the facts straight

Renee @ 9/17/2013 7:27 AM

Why debate over whether the weapon was auto or semi auto? 12 people were killed with it either way...My prayers to the families and friends of the victims.

Capt. Crunch @ 9/17/2013 10:18 AM

Chicago Sam, said it all.

Chuck McKenzie @ 9/17/2013 11:20 AM

Gary Jansen, please go to Tibet and live in a monastery. There you will find peace and love, and perhaps they will be able to teach you spelling and grammar. I have no problem with your beliefs, but you are placing yourself and others in danger if you continue to live in the real world.

Stan @ 9/18/2013 3:38 PM

As I do my dissertation on school attacks, I'm learning just how bad the problem really is. I've found over 100 different definitions of terrorism. DOD, FBI, State Dept, and DHS all use different meanings. The common thread is political or religious causes. Since this individual didn’t seem to do this for either reason, it will be listed as a criminal action; a mass killing. Just like the cartel actions are just criminal. My Honor Guard uniform is ready for the victims’ memorials. My prayers to all involved: victims, responding officers, and their families. Prayers to the sheep of our society, as well. May cool reason temper their ignorance and the hot emotions of fear.

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/19/2013 8:17 AM

Now that congress wants to force every person that works on any government installation to openly carry a loaded firearm I suspect more domestic violence shootings will be made on government installations. This will greatly reduce the homicide figures for local law enforcement and greatly reduce family shootings in suburban neighborhoods. Of course the armed dishwashers and toilet cleaners will need some sort of firearms training that as of now they do not get to be in those classifications. This is going to get fun!

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/19/2013 8:27 AM

I can't figure out why congress does not let spectators at the Capitol Building carry AR-15's, Shot Guns, Tech-9's, and pistols with them into the building. They need to lead by example. Why are they affraid of the same guns they keep extending more and more freedom for. I would think they would be much safer with armed hill billy's in the balcony watching everyone. Our law makers need to lead by example. Anyone entering the capitol building should be allowed to be heavily armed since congress is the most dangerous place on earth.

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