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One of the perpetrators of a deadly shooting spree Monday at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Washington has been killed, while two possible suspects fled, the head of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police said.
Authorities are searching for a handgun-wielding white male in a tan military-style uniform and a black male clad in an olive uniform who was carrying “a long gun,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.
She declined to provide a death toll from the incident at the Washington Navy Yard.
But sources in the D.C. Metro Police told Washington’s WTOP radio that six people were killed and a dozen others wounded.
An attacker entered the Sea Systems Command HQ around 8:20 a.m. and began shooting, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said.
Around 3,000 people work in the building.
A D.C. police officer and two women wounded in the shooting are listed in critical condition at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, the facility said.
Word of the shooting at the Navy Yard prompted a District-wide alert and additional security measures were implemented at Transportation Department offices near the crime scene and at the Capitol, around 6 kilometers (3.6 miles) away.
Operations were temporarily suspended at Washington’s Reagan National Airport.
President Barack Obama received several briefings on the shooting from Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco and Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromanaco, the White House said.