BREAKING: Several fatalities at D.C. Navy Yard shooting, suspect at large

Updated: Monday, September 16 2013, 12:36 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON
(AP) -- Two Navy officials say at least six people have died in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday because they were not authorized to discuss the situation publicly.

A
Defense Department official and a federal law enforcement official have
said a shooter had died, though it was not immediately clear how.

Police are also looking into the possibility of a second shooter.

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.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

At
least one gunman opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy
Yard on Monday morning, and officials said several people were killed
and as many as 10 were wounded, including a law enforcement officer.

A
shooter was "contained" but not yet in custody, according to a Defense
Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they
were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Two other officials -
one with the Defense Department and the other with law enforcement -
said police were looking into the possibility of a second shooter.

Witnesses
described a gunman opening fire from the fourth floor, aiming down on
people in the first-floor cafeteria. Others said a gunman fired at them
in a third-floor hallway.

As witnesses emerged
from the building, a helicopter hovered over the building, schools were
on lockdown and airplanes at nearby Reagan National Airport were
briefly grounded. Less than 2 miles away, security was beefed up at the
Capitol, but officials said there was no known threat there.

The
exact number of people killed and the conditions of those wounded was
not immediately known. 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, an executive assistant with Navy Sea Systems Command, said he
and other co-workers encountered a gunman in a long hallway of their
building on the third floor. The gunman was wearing all blue, he said.

"He just turned and started firing," Brundidge said.

Terrie Durham, an executive assistant with the same agency, said she also saw the gunman firing toward her and Brundridge.

"He
aimed high and missed," she said. "He said nothing. As soon as I
realized he was shooting, we just said, `Get out of the building.'"

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 someone on an overhead speaker 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.

"Everybody just panicked at first," she said. "It was just people running, running, running."

Ward said security officers started directing people out of the building with guns drawn.

Police
and federal agents from multiple law enforcement agencies responded.
Ambulances were parked outside, streets in the area were closed and
departures from Reagan National Airport were temporarily halted for
security reasons.

Among the wounded was a D.C.
police officer, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on
the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to
discuss an ongoing investigation.

A U.S. Park Police helicopter hovered over the building and appeared to drop a basket with a person onto the roof.

Officials at MedStar Washington Hospital Center said two shooting victims had been brought there.

District
of Columbia schools officials said six schools and one administrative
building in the vicinity of the Navy Yard were placed on lockdown. The
action was taken out an abundance of caution, schools spokeswoman
Melissa Salmanowitz said.

Naval Sea Systems
Command is the largest of the Navy's five system commands and accounts
for a quarter of the Navy's entire budget. It builds, buys and maintains
the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems.

The
Navy Yard is part of a fast-growing neighborhood on the banks of the
Anacostia River in southeast Washington, just blocks from Nationals Park
and about 1 1/2 miles southeast of the U.S. Capitol.

BREAKING: Several fatalities at D.C. Navy Yard shooting, suspect at large
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