Gunman shoots 7 at Washington Navy Yard shooting

Gunman shoots 7 at Washington Navy Yard shooting

Gunman shoots 7 at Washington Navy Yard shooting

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by NBC News

NWCN.com

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 16 at 7:59 AM

WASHINGTON D.C. -- A gunman shot at least seven people, including two police officers, on Monday at a Navy facility in Washington, authorities said.

Naval officials said that the gunman was on the loose. A naval security guard was among those shot and was seriously wounded, U.S. military officials said. Washington city police told WRC, the NBC affiliate in Washington, that one of their officers was also among those shot.

It was not clear how many of the five others shot were civilian and how many were military. Tim Hogan, a spokesman for Rep. Steven Horsford of Nevada, posted photos to his Twitter account of people tending to at least one person down on a street corner. 

The military officials said that the gunman may have been armed with an AR-15, a military-style assault rifle.

About 3,000 people work in the building, the Navy said. They were ordered to stay in place.

Military police, U.S. Capitol police and Washington city police were all responding. The Capitol police said they were stepping up security on the Capitol grounds. Washington police told WRC that nearby schools were locked down, and some bridges were closed.

The Naval Sea Systems Command builds, buys and maintains ships and submarines and their combat systems.

The Navy Yard is along the Anacostia River in Washington, near the headquarters of the Department of Transportation and the Washington Nationals baseball stadium.

The Navy Yard is along the Anacostia River in Washington, near the headquarters of the Department of Transportation and the Washington Nationals baseball stadium.

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