BY | September 17, 2013

This Monday at least 12 people were killed in a freak mass shooting at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington. Unconfirmed reports stated there were two gunmen in military-style clothing, one black and one white. One of the gunmen is suspected to have died in the shooting.

The shooting, that took the lives of about 12 people, began at about 8:00am EDT (1230GMT) about three miles from the White House, starting about 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT). The ill-fated location was the Naval Sea Systems Command, one of five such commands where civilians, military personnel and contractors build, buy and maintain Navy ships and submarines. The locale employs about 3,000 people. Washington D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier said, “We have no indication of motive at this time.”

Speaking at the start of a speech on the U.S. economy and vowing to enact ‘sensible’ gun-control measures, President Barack Obama said, “We are confronting yet another mass shooting, and today it happened at another military installation, in our nation’s capital. They know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they face the unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home.”

Patricia Ward, an employee at the Navy Yard, an eyewitness of the shooting, said that there were three shots fired, then four more followed after a short pause. Security guards, realising what was happening, told people to “run, run, run!”She said, “Everybody was panicking and trying to decide which way to get out.”

Departures at Reagan National Airport was briefly suspended  by the Federal Aviation Administration as precautionary measure.

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