Shots fired at US Navy Yard

2013-09-16 15:29
US Police respond to the report of a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. (Saul Loeb, AFP)

US Police respond to the report of a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. (Saul Loeb, AFP)

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Washington - Several people were injured in a shooting on Monday morning at a building at the Washington Navy Yard, the US Navy said, and authorities searched for an active shooter.

A defence official, who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak during an active attack, also said there were at least several injuries.

The Navy said shots were fired around 08:20 at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, where about 3 000 people work.

The number of the victims and their conditions was not immediately known, though the Navy said multiple people had been injured.

Police and federal agents from multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene. Ambulances were parked outside, streets in the area were closed and flights at Reagan National Airport were temporarily halted.

A US park police helicopter hovered over the building and appeared to drop a basket or a stretcher with a person onto the roof.

Naval Sea Systems Command is the largest of the Navy's five system commands and accounts for a quarter of the Navy's entire budget.

It builds, buys and maintains the Navy's ships and submarines and their combat systems.

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