Another senseless shooting has happened. This one at the Washington Navy Yard in the District of Columbia. One of the gunmen has been shot and killed. Another suspect is still at large. A description of the second suspect is in the article below. Some media outlets have posted pictures of the dead gunman but I personally refuse to do so. Too often when crimes of this sort happen, we see and hear much more about the perpetrators than the
victim(s). In this instance, 13 people have died. You can read the article for yourself below. Let’s keep these people in our prayers.
Chris Moody and Dylan Stableford
WASHINGTON — At least 13 people died Monday during a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, officials said. One gunman died in the shooting, and police are seeking another possible shooter.
The Navy Yard was placed on lockdown after shots were fired inside a building on the base, the U.S. Navy said. A Metro police officer and naval base officer were among those injured in the shooting, according to the D.C. Metro Police.
The suspected gunman was identified by the FBI as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old from Fort Worth, Texas.
Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said Alexis was shot during an exchange with the Metro Police officer.
“As far as we know, it’s an isolated incident,” Gray said. “We have no known motive at this stage.”
The mayor said there was “no reason at this stage” to believe it was terrorism, but would not rule it out.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said authorities were seeking a potential second suspect, described as a black male, approximately 40 to 50 years old, 5 foot 10, 180 pounds, medium complexion with gray sideburns, wearing an olive military-style uniform and carrying “a long gun.”
Before a scheduled economic speech at the White House, President Barack Obama deplored “yet another mass shooting” — this one targeting military and civilian personnel.
“These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us,” Obama said. “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.”
“We will do everything in our power to make sure that whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible,” the president added. “I want the investigation to be seamless.”