Rampage kills six
WASHINGTON—At least one gunman opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard this morning, with officials saying six people were killed and at least four were wounded, including a law enforcement officer.
Police were looking for two other potential gunmen wearing military-style uniforms, including one who had on a beret, Chief Cathy Lanier said.
One of the three gunmen had died, although Lanier didn’t say how.
Witnesses described a gunman opening fire from the fourth floor, aiming down on people in the first-floor cafeteria.
Others said a gunman fired at them in a third-floor hallway.
It wasn’t clear whether the witnesses on different floors were describing the same gunman.
As witnesses emerged from the building, a helicopter hovered over it, schools were on lockdown, and airplanes at nearby Reagan National Airport briefly were grounded so they wouldn’t interfere with law enforcement helicopters.
Less than two miles away, security was beefed up at the Capitol, but officials said there was no known threat there.
U.S. President Barack Obama was getting frequent briefings on the shooting.
Two Navy officials confirmed at least six people had died.
About 3,000 people work at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, which builds, buys, and maintains the navy’s ships, submarines, and combat systems.