At least one gunman opened fire in the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, taking aim at workers inside the military installation located in the nation's capital. NY1's Washington bureau reporter Geoff Bennett filed the following report.
Police say 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas started shooting inside the navy facility this morning, killing at least 12 people.
Alexis was killed in a gunfight with police, and a dozen or more people were wounded.
Officials say Alexis was a military contractor. Before that, he was a full-time 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, I just heard, 'Pop, pop, pop, pop,'" says United States Navy civilian John Norquist.
"I heard a loud noise a little after eight. We looked at each other, it's like, 'Well, that's an unusual sounding noise.' It wasn't until a few minutes later that we heard what was definitely gunfire and people," said United States Navy Captain Mark Vandroff.
President Obama 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 capital. It’s a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, 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.
On Monday afternoon, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said officials were looking for two other potential shooters.
One of the men has since been interviewed and cleared, as the investigation in and around the Washington Navy Yard continues.