Another National Tragedy

Texas identity of dead Navy Yard shooter brings shock — and more unanswered questions

Texas identity of dead Navy Yard shooter brings shock — and questions

Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
At least 12 people are dead after a mass shooting at Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Wikimedia Commons

A chaotic scene is playing out in Washington D.C., where a deadly mass shooting took place this morning at Navy Yard. At least 12 people have been reported dead and dozens more are injured at the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters.

Authorities believe as many as three shooters opened fire. One is dead and other suspects remain at large. Multiple reports have identified 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth as the deceased shooter.

Alexis was working as a civilian contractor for the Navy and reportedly entered the building using another man's ID card, who is believed to be recently demoted or discharged. Authorities don't currently believe Alexis and the man whose ID he used worked in concert. 

According to the a statement from the Navy, shots rang out around 7:20 a.m. (CST) and employees were told to shelter in place as emergency personnel worked to secure the area. 

Reports on the mass shooting have been frantic and fraught with errors and concrete information about the attack is still scarce. No motive in the shooting has been identified.