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UPDATE: Gunman ID'd in D.C. Navy Yard shooting that killed 13

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(WRC) - Authorities say 13 people are dead after a shooting Monday morning in a heavily secured building at the D.C. Navy Yard, and authorities now say they have identified the gunman.

That gunman, 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, is among the 13 dead. Officials said he recently began working as a civilian contractor.

A police officer and two civilians being treated at a D.C. hospital are expected to recover.

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The FBI, which now is leading the investigation, believes the gunman used the identification of a man who used to work at Navy Yard, reported Pete Williams of NBC News. The ID was found next to his body in Building 197, where most of the victims were shot on the third and fourth floors.

People with proper badges are allowed to enter Navy Yard without having their bags checked, Williams reported.

However, authorities have not completely ruled out the possibility of other gunmen, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said at an afternoon press conference. Lanier had said police were seeking a man aged between 40 and 50 years old, who was wearing olive drab and was armed with a "long gun," though she did not give any other details about the weapon. He was about 5-feet-10-inches tall and 180 pounds, African-American, with a medium complexion and graying sideburns.

Another suspect -- a white male between 40 and 50 years old, wearing a tan military-type uniform consistent with a Navy uniform, a beret hat and a handgun holster -- has been identified and ruled out as a suspect, D.C. police tweeted Monday afternoon.

Williams noted that many people are authorized to carry firearms at Navy Yard and that there is no "hard evidence" there is a second or a third shooter.

"We do know that several people have been shot, and some have been killed," President Barack Obama said. "So we are confronting yet another mass shooting, and today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capital. It's a shooting that targeted military and civilian personnel. These are men and women going to work, doing their job protecting all of us. They're patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they faced the unimaginable violence that they wouldn't have expected here at home."


Though Lanier stressed that the scene was contained, people near the base are being asked to stay in their homes, and eight D.C. public schools and one private school nearby have been locked down.

A large search, including from helicopters, continued into Monday afternoon. "It's a large piece of land with many buildings," Assistant D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham told News4. "It's going to take a while to determine that it is safe."

Earlier Monday, tactical teams were seen entering at least two buildings on the Navy Base to search for the shooter, and News4's Mark Segraves reported that three helicopters were seen tightly circling part of the base.

Earlier Monday morning, the one known gunman walked into Building #197 at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters, 1336 Isaac Hull Ave. in the Southeast section of the District. He shot a security guard in the head, killing him, sources confirmed to News4's Jackie Bensen.

The gunman then walked through the building, and seemed to target victims, Bensen reported. Some reports indicate he was armed with an AR-15 (a military-style assault weapon), a handgun and a shotgun.

D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies responded, Bensen said. During that response, a MPD officer was shot in the leg.

That gunman was then shot by a FBI hostage response team, Bensen said.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center said the MPD officer was among three victims that had been transported to that hospital. The officer was shot in the legs; one other victim was shot in the shoulder and one was shot in the head and hand.

All are alert and speaking at this time, and there is a "very good chance they will survive," said Dr. Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer at the hospital.

However, the hospital has been prepared to expect more victims.

George Washington University Hospital said they had also received a victim, a man in his 60s who had been shot in the temple. Despite efforts at CPR, he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

One victim was evacuated from the roof of a building, reported News4's Tony Tull. A U.S. Park Police helicopter hovering above the scene around 9:50 a.m. lowered a basket to a building and lifted what appeared to be a shooting victim from the roof. The helicopter came back to the scene just after 10 a.m. to retrieve another victim.

But other details were sketchy from the scene, which continued to evolve through the morning. Shots rang out several times, including a volley that Tull reported at about 9:20 a.m. and another volley that News4's Mark Segraves heard at about 11 a.m.

Federal and local emergency personnel converged on the scene, and a shelter in place order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel, the Navy said.

"I was in the cafeteria, just paid for my breakfast," Patricia Ward said. "I was waiting for my friend to pay for hers when we heard the gunshot. It was three gunshots straight in a row, pop pop pop, three seconds later, it was pop pop pop pop pop, so it was like about a total of seven gunshots, and we just started running."

Obama continues to get frequent briefings about the deadly shooting from senior aides. The White House says Obama directed his team to stay in touch with the Navy, FBI and local officials as the events unfold.

Anyone with information about this incident should call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Family members seeking information about loved ones should call 202-433-6151 or 202-433-9713.

The Navy Yard is located in southeast Washington on the Anacostia River. The Navy says 3,000 people work inside the building, including command staff, headquarters directorates and field activities. They coordinate the Naval Sea Systems Command, or NAVSEA, the largest of the Navy's five system commands.

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