Gun­man goes on a killing ram­page at Wash­ing­ton Naval Yard


At least 12 peo­ple were killed and nearly a dozen in­jured in a mass shoot­ing at a se­cure mil­i­tary fa­cil­ity – Wash­ing­ton Navy Yard, re­cently. The US fed­eral au­thor­i­ties said they be­lieved the shoot­ing was the act of a lone gun­man, iden­ti­fied as Aaron Alexis, 34, who was work­ing for a mil­i­tary sub­con­trac­tor.

Civil­ian em­ploy­ees de­scribed a scene of con­fu­sion as shots erupted through the hall­ways of the Naval Sea Sys­tems Com­mand head­quar­ters, on the banks of the Ana­cos­tia River a few kilo­me­tres from the White House and about a kilo­me­tre from the Capi­tol.

Of­fi­cials said Alexis drove a rental car to the base and en­tered us­ing his ac­cess as a con­trac­tor and shot an of­fi­cer and one other per­son out­side Build­ing 197, the Sea Sys­tems Com­mand head­quar­ters. Later he started aim­ing at em­ploy­ees hav­ing break­fast in an atrium.

The names of seven of the vic­tims were re­leased on Septem­ber 16: Michael Arnold, 59; Sylvia Frasier, 53; Kathy Gaarde, 62; John Roger John­son, 73; Frank Kohler, 50; Ken­neth Bernard Proc­tor, 46; and Vishnu Pandit, 61. Of­fi­cials said names of the other vic­tims would be re­leased af­ter their fam­i­lies had been con­tacted. All of the vic­tims were be­lieved to be civil­ians or con­trac­tors. No ac­tive duty mil­i­tary per­son­nel were killed, said Chief Cathy L. Lanier of Wash­ing­ton.

Three weapons were found on Alexis: an AR-15 as­sault ri­fle, a shot­gun and a semi-au­to­matic pis­tol. The navy yard is pro­tected by a high wall, but some­one with of­fi­cial ac­cess could have driven a car into the park­ing lot with­out hav­ing the trunk in­spected.

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