Dead suspect for Washington Yard shooting identified

Sep 17, 2013, 10:48 IST | IANS

In the deadliest mass shooting in the US since last December's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, a gunman killed 12 people and wounded 14 others at a US naval base in the heart of the capital before being shot dead

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.

Aaron Alexis was reportedly gunned down by security personel. Pic: AFP

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.

Investigators are still searching for another possible suspect who wears an olive-coloured military-style uniform, Gray said.

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.

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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