Terror in Washington DC: shots fired at Navy Yard

crime | Jul 02, 2015 | By Martin Barillas

Police are seekign an active shooter on the grounds of the Navy Yard in Washington DC. Speaking for the Navy, spokesman Petty Officer 1st Class Pedro Rodriguez confirmed that the yard is on lockdown and that all employees have been told to shelter in place. The spokesman could neither confirm nor deny whether any injuries or deaths have taken place during the July 2 incident. So far, it is not clear where the shooting took place in the extensive government complex, which houses numerous offices and other military facilities in the nation's capital along the Potomac River. It is the oldest naval installation in the country.
 
Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington DC tweeted a statement soon after the shooting that she continues to monitor reports. She confirmed that she will announce developments and plans as the incident rolls out.
 
Currently, police have closed access to South Capitol Street SE from M Street to I St SE/11th Street SE from M Street to Virginia Ave SE, due to the large police activity. However, Metro Transit Police have confirmed that  Metro surface and underground transportation has not been affected at this time.
 
It was in September 2013 that military contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 civilians at the Navy Yard before he was shot to death by police officers. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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