Thirteen Killed in Shooting at Navy Yard in Washington
Twelve people and a gunman were killed Monday during a shooting rampage at the Naval Sea Systems Command on the grounds of the Navy Yard in Washington.
Police identified the gunman as Aaron Alexis, 34, originally of Ft. Worth, Texas. Three weapons were found with Alexis: an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol, according to reports. Alexis died during a shootout with police.
All 12 victims in the shooting were civilians and 8 others were wounded. The attack took place in multiple areas of the base. The shooting victims ranged in age from 46 to 73 years old.
Alexis was a full-time reservist in the U.S. Navy between May 2007 and January 2011. Alexis had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He was previously arrested by Seattle police in 2004 for shooting out the tires of another man’s vehicle in what he later described to detectives as an anger-fueled blackout.
Alexis purchased at least some of the weapons used in the assault within the past few days in Virginia. The Navy said shots were first fired around 8:20 a.m. at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, where about 3,000 people work.
Obama said of the victims: “They know the dangers of serving abroad, today they faced the unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home. We send our thoughts and prayers to all at the Navy Yard who’ve been touched by this tragedy.”
Those killed were: Michael Arnold, 59, of Lorton, Va.; Sylvia Frasier, 53, of Waldorf, Md.; Kathy Gaarde, 62, of Woodbridge, Va.; John Roger Johnson, 73, of Derwood, Md.; Frank Kohler, 50, of Tall Timbers, Md.; Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46, of Waldorf, Md.; Vishnu Shalchendia Pandit, 61, of North Potomac, Md.; Arthur Daniels, 51, of Washington, D.C.; Mary Francis Knight, 51, of Reston, Va.; Gerald L. Read, 58, of Alexandria, Va.; Martin Bodrog, 54, of Annandale, Va.; Richard Michael Ridgell, 52, of Westminster, Md.