WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Navy says a gunman who opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard was a full-time reservist from 2007 to 2011.
The Navy said in a release Monday that 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, of Texas, left the Navy on Jan. 31, 2011, as a petty officer 3rd class. It's not immediately clear why he left.
Alexis had been working for the fleet logistics support squadron No. 46, in Fort Worth, Texas. The Navy says his home of record was New York City.
Alexis was one of 13 people killed during the rampage.
Washington, D.C. – 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.
UPDATE - 12:24P - WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate officials say Senate to be shut down while Navy Yard shooter is sought.
UPDATE - 12:10P - NBC NEWS - BREAKING: DC shooter identified as civilian contractor Aaron Alexis, 34, several sources say.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- DC police chief: 12 dead in shootings at Washington Navy Yard.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- DC police chief: May have 2 additional shooters at large after rampage at Navy Yard.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Navy officials: At least 6 dead in Navy Yard shooting.
UDPATE (8:55AM) - NBC's Pete Williams reportes there is no hard evidence, at this point, that there was more than one shooter.
UPDATE (8:45AM) - AP: Officials say at least one shooter has died at the Washington Navy Yard, where several people were killed and as many as 10 were wounded.
A federal law enforcement official and a Defense Department official said Monday morning that a shooter had died. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.
Two other officials have said they are looking into the possibility of a second shooter at the Navy Yard.
UPDATE (8:15AM)- Two officials say police are looking into the possibility of a second shooter at the Washington Navy Yard where several people were killed.
A Defense Department official and a law enforcement official spoke on condition of anonymity Today because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Defense Department official says several people have been killed and as many as 10 have been wounded in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity Today because the official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The official also says the shooter is "contained" but not yet in custody.
Earlier in the day, the U.S. Navy said it was searching for an active shooter at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, where about 3,000 people work.
The exact number of people killed and the conditions of those wounded was not immediately known.
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