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Suspected Navy Yard Shooter was Defense Contractor

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Defense officials say the suspected Washington Navy Yard gunman was currently working as a defense department contractor, but it's not clear if he was assigned at the military base in southeast D.C.
 
Defense officials say Aaron Alexis, 34, of Texas, was working as an information technology contractor, but it was not known which company employed him. As a contractor, he could have had a badge that might have gained him access to the base. Alexis was a former Navy reservist, serving from 2007 to early 2011.

The Navy says his home of record was New York City. 
 
Alexis was one of 13 people killed during the rampage.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says people are being told to stay in their homes and out of the area as authorities search for two other possible suspects. 

The police chief says officers are searching for two other people with firearms wearing military-style uniforms. 
 
She says there is no indication of a possible motive at this time.

The shooting prompted nearby schools to be put on lockdown. And planes at Reagan National Airport were briefly grounded so they wouldn't interfere with police helicopters. Less than two miles away, Senate officials say no one is being allowed in or out of Senate buildings while authorities search for a potential second suspect in the Navy Yard shootings. 
 
Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer said Monday that people could move around the buildings but could not leave or enter. He said he had no information to suggest the Senate, its members or staff were in danger but took the step out of an abundance of caution.
 
The House remained open.
 
About 3,000 people work at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters. It builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and its combat systems.

President Obama is ordering flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor victims at the Washington Navy Yard.
 
A proclamation Obama signed Monday says flags should be lowered immediately and will remain there until sunset on Friday. The proclamation applies to all public grounds, military posts and naval vessels, plus U.S. embassies and outposts overseas.
 
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A man who works at the Washington Navy Yard says he and some co-workers encountered a gunman this morning in a long third-floor hallway of the building where they work. Todd Brundige says the man "just turned and started firing."
 
Co-worker Terrie Durham says the gunman fired toward her and Brundige, but that he "aimed high and missed." She says the gunman said nothing.
 
Rick Mason, who's a civilian working for the U.S. Navy, says a gunman was shooting from a fourth-floor overlook in the hallway outside his office, aiming down at people in the building's cafeteria. He says he could hear the shots, but couldn't see the gunman.
 
Shortly after the gunfire, he says someone on an overhead speaker told workers to seek shelter -- and later, to head for the gates at the complex.
 
Patricia Ward says she was in the cafeteria when the shooting began. She says she heard three gunshots in a row, followed by several more. She says, "We just started running." Security officers were directing people out of the building, with guns drawn.

The Washington Nationals have postponed Monday night's game against the Atlanta Braves following shootings at the nearby Navy Yard.
 
The game has been rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday, the Nationals said.
 
Washington said the team was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic events that occurred this morning only a few blocks from Nationals Park."
 
"Our thoughts and prayers remain with our friends at the Navy Yard and those impacted by today's incident," the Nationals added. (AP)

Statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Incident at Washington Navy Yard

I have been receiving regular updates on the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, and continue to monitor the situation closely.  This is a tragic day for the Department of Defense, the national capital area, and the nation.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this outrageous act of violence, their families, and all those affected by today's events.  I am grateful for the swift response of federal and local law enforcement, and for the professionalism of DoD personnel at the Navy Yard complex.  The Department of Defense will continue to offer its full assistance in the investigation of this terrible and senseless violence.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the tragic mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

I was saddened to hear about the terrible events at the Washington Navy Yard this morning, and I have been closely following events as they unfold there. There are still few details on what led to this tragedy, or who the perpetrator or perpetrators may be. But according to early reports several people were killed and several more were injured, including a Washington Metropolitan Police officer and a military police officer.

My sympathies are with the families of those who died. My thoughts are with those who were injured. And my best wishes go out to all those who work in the Navy Yard complex and the surrounding neighborhood.

I commend the first responders who rushed to the scene for their professionalism. And my thanks go to all the brave law enforcement officials who are on the scene and who put their lives on the line to keep the city safe today.

I urge everyone in the area to follow law enforcement direction for their own safety, whether that means sheltering in place or simply avoiding the Navy Yard area today.

I will continue to follow this situation as it develops. And I will ensure that every federal resource is made available to support law enforcement and the military community and to bring those responsible for this terrible attack to justice.

I've spoken with the Senate Sergeant at Arms as well as the Republican Leader, and in light of events at the Navy Yard we have decided to recess the Senate until Tuesday morning.

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