Investigators are trying to figure out why a 34-year-old man living in Fort Worth, Texas opened fire at the Navy Yard in our nation's capital. Thirteen people are dead, including the gunman, and three others were treated at local hospitals. YNN's Washington, D.C. bureau reporter Geoff Bennett has the latest.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Police say Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas, started shooting inside the Navy facility Monday morning, killing at least 12 people. Alexis was killed in a gunfight with police.
A dozen or more people were wounded.
Officials say Alexis was a military contractor. Before that, he was a fulltime reservist, leaving the Navy in 2011. The Navy says his home of record was New York City.
Many of the 3,000 people who work at the Washington Navy yard had just shown up for work when the gunfire started.
“I didn’t recognize it. Just heard pop, pop, pop, pop,” John Norquist said.
“I heard a loud noise a little after eight. We looked at each other like, ‘That’s an unusual noise.’ It wasn’t until a few minutes later that we realized it was definitely gunfire,” said U.S. Navy Captain Mark Vandroff.
President Barack reflected on the shooting Monday morning at a pre-scheduled event.
"We are confronting yet another mass shooting and today it happened on a military installation in our Nation’s Capitol. It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women who were going to work, doing their jobs, protecting all of us. They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad but today they faced the unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home.," Obama said.
Washington, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier released more information about their investigation Monday night. They now say there was only one gunman responsible. During the day, they were looking into the possibility of several suspects.