Several others, including officers, may have been injured in the shooting. Authorities are on the scene inside a military building. Gunman is still on the loose.
SOURCE – Several people were reportedly killed and more were wounded Monday at the Washington Navy Yard when three fatigue-clad gunmen armed with assault rifles barged inside and opened fire.
One of the intruders was reported “down,” but it wasn’t clear if the gunman was wounded or killed. Police were believed to be closing in on the others.
Two police officers were among the wounded, including a Washington D.C. cop who was hit twice in the legs, according to local media.
The eight other victims were reportedly all civilians who work at the base in southeat Washington.
It was not immediately clear who the gunmen were, but everybody from SWAT teams to the Marines were on the scene and overhead a half-dozen choppers were circling the base.
President Obama was briefed on the unfolding drama by homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco.
The shooting erupted around 8:20 a.m. at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building were about 3,000 people work, polie said.
Sirens immediately began wailing as officials sounded the alarm and the entire base went into crisis mode.
Police immediately shut down the 11th Street bridge to cut off a possible escape route and were heading to the nearby metro station to close that off as well.
The nearly Tyler Elementary School was on lockdown.
But flights in and out of nearby Reagan National Airport resumed at 10:30 a.m.
The base is also headquarters for the Naval Historical Center and numerous naval commands.