World News : A shooting rampage in the heart of a U.S. Navy complex in Washington left at least 12 people dead Monday. One shooter was killed, but police said they were looking for two other possible gunmen wearing military-style uniforms.
President Barack Obama said he is mourning “yet another mass shooting” and called it a “cowardly act.”
Officials said at least four people were wounded _ three critically _ in the rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, including a law enforcement officer.
The shooting led to tightened security at the Capitol and White House nearby. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced the death toll and said people were being told to stay in their homes and out of the area.
Lanier said there was no indication of a possible motive.
Authorities identified the dead shooter as a Navy employee whose work status had been changed earlier this year, said a federal government official who spoke only on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak on the record. While that may suggest the motive was job related, authorities haven’t ruled out anything including terrorism, the official said.
Witnesses described a gunman firing down on a cafeteria from an upper floor and a gunman firing at people in a hallway on another floor. It wasn’t clear whether the witnesses were describing the same gunman.
About 3,000 people work at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, which builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships and submarines and combat systems.
Todd Brundidge said he and other co-workers encountered a gunman in a hallway on the third floor. The gunman was wearing all blue, he said.
“He just turned and started firing,” Brundidge said.
Terrie Durham added, “He aimed high and missed. He said nothing. As soon as I realized he was shooting, we just said, `Get out of the building.”’ Agencies