WASHINGTON — At least one gunman was dead Monday morning and as many as two others are being sought by police after a rampage at a naval facility in the nation’s capital that left almost a dozen people dead or injured, according D.C. police.
The first reports of the violence came in at 8:20 a.m. as the nation’s capital was heading to work. The reports prompted fears of a terrorist attack, but it was too early to determine the motivation behind the violence. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said multiple people had been killed and others had been wounded, including a police officer. He is in stable condition at an area hospital.
“We potentially have two other shooters that we have not located at this point,” she said.
One was a white male, last seen in a khaki tan military uniform, wearing a beret and carrying a handgun. The other was a black male about 50 years old in an olive drab-colored military-style uniform and with a rifle.
“We do have information that those individuals are wearing military-style uniforms,” Lanier said, but added that there was no evidence to confirm whether they were actually military personnel. She asked the public for help in locating them.
Multiple news reports said at least 11 people had been killed or injured by the gunmen in the military installation near Capitol Hill. The area around the Navy building had been sealed off by layers of law enforcement personnel from local and federal agencies.
The shooting began inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building, a workplace for 3,000 people, according to a press release from Naval District Washington. Patricia Ward, a logistics management specialist, told gathered reporters that she was near the cafeteria area when she heard some shots, followed by a break and then more shots.
She and others fled the building; someone pulled a fire alarm to alert colleagues of a problem. Eleven victims were confirmed, said a District of Columbia police department spokesman.
Of the 11, one is a Navy procurement directive officer and another is a base officer, said a spokeswoman for the police department, who did not clarify if the two were dead or injured. Helicopters circled overhead for much of the morning, and a variety of police and rescue vehicles choked off the area in a scene eerily similar to Hollywood thrillers.
The huge police presence prompted fears that terrorism possibly was involved, but there was no evidence confirming or negating that fear. Witnesses described one gunman dressed in dark clothing with what appeared to be a double-barreled shotgun, perched on a mezzanine and firing at a cafeteria atrium below. A hospital doctor said arriving victims described hearing the rapid-fire shots of an automatic or semiautomatic rifle.
Three victims were brought to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and the center is expecting more to arrive. In a press conference, Chief Medical Officer Janis Orlowski said the chances of their survival are “good.” She also confirmed that all three victims were alert and speaking. One of the patients is a police officer who was shot in both of his legs. The other two are both female civilians. One sustained injuries to her shoulder, the other to both her head and her hand; she is on her way to surgery. All three are confirmed to have been wounded inside the Navy Yard. Orlowski was not aware of any victims taken to other hospitals, but said all hospitals in the area were standing by prepared. She said there have been reported victims who will not be transported because they died at the scene, but the exact number is unknown.
An elite team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives was dispatched to the scene Monday. It was part of the same ATF Special Response Team Canine Program that helped capture the alleged Boston Marathon bomber.
Employees at the headquarters are comprised of civilians, service members and contract support personnel. They are responsible for engineering, building, purchasing and maintaining naval ships, submarines and combat systems. The Naval Sea Systems Command is the largest of the branch’s five systems commands.
Breaking: Several killed in Navy yard shooting
Details are still being released this morning regarding a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard where several people were killed.
At least one gunman opened fire inside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, where about 3,000 people work just miles from the U.S. Capitol. At least 10 people were wounded.
The CNA will have more details on this story in Tuesday’s edition of the Creston News Advertiser.
Team of Dreams
DYERSVILLE — A few Crestonians including Gary and Mary Jo Borcherding attended the Team of Dreams Spectacular at the Field of Dreams in Dyersville over the weekend.
The Team of Dreams Spectacular charity softball event drew more than 4,000 fans to the Field of Dreams movie site in Dyersville Saturday.
Players attending the event were Pete Rose, Ozzie Smith, Frank Thomas, Rickey Henderson. Paul Molitor, Wade Boggs, Rod Carew, Johnny Bench, Doc Gooden and more. The event was part of fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project. Organizers hope to make the event an annual tradition.
Weekend rainfall total
National Weather Service reports Creston receiving 0.58 inches of rainfall Sunday between the hours of 4 and 7 a.m.
The rain is welcoming news as part of Union County was identified in a “severe drought” in the latest drought conditions report. Still, more rain is needed. The next best chance for rain in the Creston area is Tuesday with a 40 percent chance of precipitation.
Creston woman charged with selling/manufacturing meth
Amanda Speed, 29, 619 N. Birch St., was charged 7:18 p.m., Friday at the Law Enforcement Center on a Union County warrant for possession with intent to sell or manufacture a schedule II controlled substance, methamphetamine.
According to a Creston Police report, on July 22, through a narcotics investigation, agents and officers had probable cause to believe Speed was conspiring with others to manufacture methamphetamine. Pseudoephedrine purchase records indicated Speed cooperated with others to obtain precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine between Oct. 2, 2012, and Feb. 16, 2013. Speed was released on $5,000 bond.