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Gunman in DC shootings identified as Aaron Alexis of Texas

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Updated: 9/17/2013 12:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The D.C. mayor says 13 people have died in the shooting rampage, including the gunman.

Mayor Vincent Gray said at a news conference Monday afternoon that the shooter was among the dead. Officials say the gunman has been identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis.

Earlier in the day, authorities had been looking for two other people who may have been involved in the shooting. One of those people has been identified and ruled out as a suspect.

However, Gray says investigators are still searching for a third individual wearing an olive-green, military-style uniform to determine if he was involved.

Gray says a motive has not yet been determined.

Gunman identified as Aaron Alexis of Texas

Members of the military guard a military garage near the Washington Navy Yard where a gunman was reported in Washington, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.  The exact number of people killed and the conditions of those wounded was not immediately known. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (Jacquelyn Martin)
Members of the military guard a military garage near the Washington Navy Yard where a gunman was reported in Washington, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. The exact number of people killed and the conditions of those wounded was not immediately known. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (Jacquelyn Martin)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal law enforcement officials say the man accused in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard that left at least 12 people dead has been identified as Aaron Alexis.

The two officials spoke Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

One of those officials says Alexis was a 34-year-old from Texas. He is believed to have a criminal record there and to be a holder of a concealed carry weapon permit.

That official says Alexis is believed to have gotten into the Navy Yard by using someone else's identification card. It is not yet clear if that individual was an accomplice or if that person's ID card was stolen.

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Police seeking two other possible gunmen

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police in Washington, D.C., are looking for two other possible gunmen, after a shooting today at the Washington Navy Yard that left twelve people dead.

Officials say at least four others were wounded, including a law enforcement officer. Police say a third gunman has died, though they're not saying how.

Witnesses describe a gunman opening fire from the fourth floor, aiming down at people in a first-floor cafeteria. Others say a gunman fired at them in a third-floor hallway. It's not clear whether they're describing the same shooter.

Police say the two other potential gunmen were wearing military-style uniforms, including one who was wearing a beret. The police chief says one of them had a long gun, and the other was also armed.

The shooting prompted nearby schools to be put on lockdown. And planes at Reagan National Airport were briefly grounded so they wouldn't interfere with police helicopters. Less than two miles away, security was beefed up at the U.S. Capitol, but police said there was no known threat there.

About 3,000 people work at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters. It builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and its combat systems.

NAVSEA, according to its website, is the largest of the five Navy systems commands.  Engineers build, buy and maintain the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems.  The workforce consists of nearly 60,000 civilians and service members.  NAVSEA's website says it has 33 field activities across 16 states.

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joewW07 - 9/17/2013 7:09 AM
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Obama said "If I had a son, he would look just like him" I wonder if Obama is going to blame this one on a Youtube video too...
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