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Monday, September 16, 2013

12 victims slain in Washington DC Navy Yard shooting rampage, dead suspect ID’d

Washington, Sep 17 --  At least 12 people were confirmed dead in the Washington Yard mass shooting, including a suspect who has been identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, officials said Monday.

The deceased gunman of Monday's shooting rampage was from Texas, said Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of FBI's Washington Field Office, at a press conference, Xinhua reported.
 
The FBI is seeking information from the public about Alexis and has posted two of his photos online. Alexis is believed to be responsible for the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard in the southeastern area of the capital Monday morning, said the FBI.
 
According to the FBI's description, the deceased suspect, an African American, was born in Queens in 1979, and was last known to reside in Fort Worth, Texas.
 
"We all know this is a horrific tragedy, certainly one of the worst in recent memory and certainly we do not remembered anything quite like this here in this city," said Columbia district Mayor Vincent Gray. 
 
As for the number of wounded, authorities have yet to confirm. But Gray said there were probably a dozen or more who have sustained injuries.
 
The incident happened at 8:20 a.m. when a shooter opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard which serves as the headquarters of the Naval Sea System Command Headquarters.
 
Police released the names and ages of seven of the 12 people killed in the shooting. None of the seven was military personnel:
 
– Michael Arnold, 59
– Sylvia Frasier, 53
– Kathy Gaarde, 62
– John Roger Johnson, 73
– Frank Kohler, 50
– Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46
– Vishnu Pandit, 61.
 
Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer of Washington Hospital Centre, said three wounded people taken to the hospital were in critical but stable conditions.
 

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