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September 16, 2013 - 7:13 am

A shooter opened fire at the Navy Yard in southeast Washington D.C., wounding several people and locking down area installations as the hunt continued for the assailant.

From the Navy at 9:42 a.m. Eastern time:

Several people were injured in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 16.

An active shooter was reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building (Bldg. 197) on the Washington Navy Yard at 8:20 a.m. (Eastern Time).

Emergency personnel remain on scene and a “shelter in place” order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel.

This release will be updated as new information is confirmed.

The Naval Sea Systems Command’s headquarters is the work place for about 3,000 people.

The organization is comprised of command staff, headquarters directorates, affiliated Program Executive Offices (PEOs) and numerous field activities. Together, we engineer, build, buy and maintain ships, submarines and combat systems that meet the Fleet’s current and future operational requirements.

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) is the largest of the Navy’s five system commands. With a fiscal year budget of nearly $30 billion, NAVSEA accounts for one quarter of the Navy’s entire budget. With a force of 60,000 civilian, military and contract support personnel, NAVSEA engineers, builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships and submarines and their combat systems.

The suspect has been described as a tall black male wearing black clothes. Two police officers, one a base officer and one Metro PD, were among those hit.

UPDATE: The Washington Post is quoting a police spokesman saying there are “three shooters, including at least one in fatigues.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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But this can't possibly be true. After all D.C. has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Almost as tight as gun free Chicago.
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Workplace violence perpetrated by members of the religion of peace.
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Quick, ban all the guns, cancel the 2nd Amendment, matter of fact cancel everything in the Constitution & Bill of Rights that"progressives" don't like. Chuck Schumer where are you?
It's a tragedy, but where was the security? A military facility and no guards?
Your government in operation!
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Navy Yard is mostly office buildings now - not a combat arms base like Fort Hood. NAVSEA would be mostly civilian contractors under the supervision of Navy officers. Last time I was in the neighborhood, there was a gate with a couple of Marine guards. They may have been replaced by contractors as well, I don't know. Whatever the situation, I don't think there's a lot of armed military personnel around, ready to deal with a determined shooter.

This feels like an inside job by civilian or military personnel who were employed on base. They'd have ID badges and ID stickers on their cars. The gate guards probably wouldn't search their vehicles when they entered.

There's also the chance that they were non-DoD people who just sneaked in. There's a lot of construction in and around the Navy Yard. I don't know how secure the perimeters are.
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were the "gun free zone" signs prominently displayed?
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But this can't possibly be true. After all D.C. has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Almost as tight as gun free Chicago.
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Where's Gibbs?

Yes, that is a bit flippant but we can be certain that regardless of the shooter's true motives this is just another tragic act of workplace violence.

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Of course - and perpetrated by a member of an oppressed minority with legitimate grievances against the United States. We have to protect him and his co-minorities from any possible backlash. Then we can think about making sure this never happens again. I'd say the Navy's sensitivity training program needs more work.
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