BREAKING: Navy Shooter May Have Been Armed Only With Shotgun, Stole AR15 From Officers
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We are getting preliminary reports from NBC4 (the Washington DC NBC affiliate) that the alleged shooter in the Navy Shipyard shootings may have been armed with only a shotgun (stock photo shown, not actual weapon. CC License via Wikipedia Commons) during the start of the incident and taken semi-automatic weapons from security personnel and responding officers.
Sources told News4 that surveillance footage showed that he began his attack with a shotgun, but was found with a 9mm pistol and an AR-15 assault rifle.
Alexis appears to have seized firearms from his victims as he moved through the building along the Anacostia River in southeast Washington, where 3,000 Navy employees go to work each day, many of them carrying authorized firearms.
The suspected gunman was recently identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, now deceased.
While most signs point to a single shooter, authorities have not completely ruled out further suspects.
Earlier today, the President commented on the shooting calling it, “another mass shooting” and saying, “we’re gonna be investigating thoroughly what happened, as we do so many of these shootings, sadly, that have happened and do everything that we can to try and prevent them.”
Details are still emerging and we will update you with more specific information as it becomes available.