Police search for active shooter on grounds of Washington Navy Yard in Southeast D.C.
Michelle Boorstein/The Washington Post - Police investigate at the scene of a shooting Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard.
By Peter Hermann and Maggie Fazeli Fard, Updated: Monday, September 16, 8:21 AM E-mail the writer
A D.C. police officer is among the people shot at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning.
A police spokesman confirmed at 9:20 a.m. that the officer was shot near the room where a lone gunman has barricaded himself after allegedly shooting at least three people on the Navy Yard grounds in Southeast Washington
The U.S. Navy said that three shots were fired around 8:20 a.m. at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building, where about 3,000 people work.
Police said that at least three, possibly four, people were shot. All are in critical condition, authorities said.
A “shelter in place” order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel, authorities said.
Police closed the 11th St Bridge as well as M St SE between 2nd and 4th streets SE due to the shooting. Entrances to the Navy Yard Metro station remain open.
U.S. Capitol Police confirmed enhanced security at the Capitol, but no immediate threat.
Tyler Elementary School at 10th and G streets in Southeast is on lockdown.
As helicopters circled overhead and emergency vehicles continued to rush to the scene, crowds of onlookers gathered on sidewalks and at a construction site near the Navy Yard, but police pushed them back, yelling at them to keep a distance from the grounds.
One employee who declined to give his name said he heard “blam, blam” inside one of the buildings, then someone pulled the fire alarm.
“We aren’t going back on base today,” he said. “[But] there are still people inside.”
Reports began circulating around 9:30 a.m. that the suspect was “down,” but D.C. police said the suspect is still on the loose and “hiding between floors.”