13 killed in Washington Navy Yard shooting spree
At least 13 people have been killed and four injured in a shooting rampage Monday morning at a U.S. naval office located just a few kilometers from the White House and the Capitol.
The shootings took place at around 8:20 a.m. local time at the Washington Navy Yard, located in the southeastern part of the city.
According to an eyewitness, the gunman, dressed in a military-style uniform, opened fire on staff inside the building.
"As he came around the corner, he aimed his gun at us,… and then he fired at least two or three shots. Then we ran down the stairs to get out of the building."
U.S. authorities have also confirmed the death of gunman Aaron Alexis, a former sailor discharged from service for misconduct.
The authorities are currently searching for another potential shooter.
The rampage took place less than six-kilometers from the White House and one-kilometer from the Capitol.
The Pentagon and other public buildings have strengthened security, while departures were suspended at Reagan National Airport.
Workers at the Navy installation have also been ordered to evacuate, and nearby schools have been closed temporarily.
Meanwhile,… U.S. President Barack Obama offered his condolences to the victims… and called the shootings a "cowardly act."
"As this investigation moves forward, we will do everything in our power to ensure whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible."
The motive for the attack is not yet known, but so far officials say there is no indication it was an act of terrorism.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.