WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) – A gunman opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard Monday morning and a Defense Department official said several people were killed and as many as 10 were wounded, including at least one law enforcement officer.
Helicopters swarmed overhead, schools were on lockdown and airplanes at nearby Reagan National Airport were grounded as authorities swarmed the area in southeast D.C., just miles from the Capitol.
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An official told CBS News the number of victims could be higher because it is a “chaotic scene.” Officials have not offered publicly an exact assessment of the health of the victims.
Officials told CBS News correspondent Bob Orr a gunman has been neutralized and that security officials are searching for a potential second gunman, although there is no confirmation or corroboration of a second gunman.
It is not clear whether neutralized gunman is a member of the Navy.
About 3,000 people work at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters.
Rick Mason, a program management analyst who is a civilian with the U.S. Navy, said a gunman was shooting from a fourth floor overlook in the hallway outside his office. He said the gunman was aiming down at people in the building’s
cafeteria on the first floor. Mason said he could hear the shots but could not see a gunman.
Shortly after the gunfire, Mason said overhead speakers told workers to seek shelter and later to head for the gates at the complex.
Patricia Ward, a logistics management specialist, said she was in the cafeteria and heard shots. They sounded like “pop, pop, pop,” she said. After a few seconds, there were more shots, she said.
“Everybody just panicked at first,” she said. “It was just people running, running, running.”
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