Navy Yard Death Toll Hits 12

DC police chief says cops still seeking 1 other potential shooter

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 16, 2013 11:20 AM CDT | Updated Sep 16, 2013 2:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – At least 12 people have died in the shooting at the US Navy Yard, DC Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed today, and police aren't sure if they've accounted for all the culprits. Police have confirmed that one shooter is among the dead, but Lanier said that the search was still on for two other potential shooters. But police have since identified and cleared one of those two people. Here's what we know right now:

  • "Right now, and this is very, very preliminary ... we have one shooter who we believe was involved in this who is deceased," Lanier said earlier this afternoon. "We potentially have two other shooters that we have not located." The white man wearing a khaki military-style uniform "has been identified and is not a suspect or a person of interest," according to a tweet from the DC police. They are, however, still seeking a black man, approximately 40 to 50 years old, wearing an olive military-style uniform. Lanier said there was no evidence they were military personnel, just that they were wearing military-style uniforms.
  • Lanier says people are still being asked to stay clear of the area. Another update will take place around 4pm.
  • NBC and CBS identified the dead shooter, notes Huffington Post, only to quickly walk it back. It turns out the name came from a dropped ID card, not the shooter.
  • A civilian Navy employee tells Fox News that he saw a gunman shooting from a fourth-floor overlook, aiming down at people in the first floor cafeteria. Other witnesses say the man was wielding an AR-15 assault rifle.
  • Mayor Vincent Gray said there was not yet any reason to believe this was a terrorist attack, according to CNN. Lanier said police have yet to determine a motive.

Emergency personnel attend to a scene where a gunman was reported at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, Sept. 16, 2013.
Emergency personnel attend to a scene where a gunman was reported at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, Sept. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Don Andres)
A U.S. Park Police helicopter removes a man in a basket from the Washington Navy Yard Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
A U.S. Park Police helicopter removes a man in a basket from the Washington Navy Yard Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
A Capitol Police officer keeps watch on the East Plaza of the Capitol as the investigation continues at the nearby Washington Navy Yard.
A Capitol Police officer keeps watch on the East Plaza of the Capitol as the investigation continues at the nearby Washington Navy Yard.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Law enforcement personnel are seen through the gate into the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
Law enforcement personnel are seen through the gate into the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
People hold their hands to their heads as they are escorted out of the building where a shooting rampage occurred at the Washington Navy Yard, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
People hold their hands to their heads as they are escorted out of the building where a shooting rampage occurred at the Washington Navy Yard, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier briefs reporters on the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier briefs reporters on the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
A US Park Police helicopter continues a search pattern above the scene of a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
A US Park Police helicopter continues a search pattern above the scene of a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray briefs reporters on the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray briefs reporters on the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Armed police prepare to enter the Washington Navy Yard as they respond to a shooting, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. At least one gunman opened fire inside.
Armed police prepare to enter the Washington Navy Yard as they respond to a shooting, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. At least one gunman opened fire inside.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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