Witnesses describe seeing shooter at Navy Yard incident
Monday, September 16, 2013 - 01:43
Sept. 16 - Witnesses describe a shooting at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington D.C. on Monday which sent workers at the heavily protected naval facility running for safety. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Witnesses describe a shooting at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington D.C., which sent workers at the heavily protected naval facility running for safety.
"He was far enough down the hall that we couldn't see his face but we could see him with a rifle and he raised and aimed at us and fired," one eyewitness told a local reporter.
Police say several people were killed and others injured when at least one gunman opened fire.
One Navy official said that four people had died and eight others were injured, but other officials suggested caution over those numbers saying the situation was in flux.
"People were pushing. People were shoving. People were falling down. Everyone came outside. People were climbing the wall trying to get out over the wall to get out of the spaces. It was just crazy," another witness said.
A Washington police spokesman said five people had been shot at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, just 2.6 miles from the White House, including a District of Columbia police officer and one other law enforcement officer.
A Navy official, who asked not to be identified, said several people were dead and several others were injured.
Dozens of police and emergency vehicles surrounded the complex in southeast Washington, which is about a mile (1.6 km) south of the U.S. Capitol, local media reported.
Helicopters circled the headquarters with some touching down on the building's roof. The shooting briefly shut down flights at Reagan National Airport.
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