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The US Navy has issued an official statement that an active shooter is loose in the Washington Navy yard, and a shelter in place order has been given.

Update 2:25pm - Police say at least 12 people have died in the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said during a news conference Monday that 12 people were confirmed dead.

Lanier says people are being told to stay in their homes and out of the area as authorities search for two other possible suspects. One of the shooters has died.

The police chief says officers are searching for two other people with firearms wearing military-style uniforms.

She says there is no indication of a possible motive at this time.

Update 11:53am - ABC news has gotten word from the Navy that the shooter is dead. The situation is still described as fluid.

Update 10:30am - A Defense Department official says several people have been killed and as many as 10 have been wounded in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The official also says the shooter is "contained" but not yet in custody.

Earlier in the day, the U.S. Navy said it was searching for an active shooter at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, where about 3,000 people work.

The exact number of people killed and the conditions of those wounded was not immediately known.


According to the US Navy, there is one injury associated with this situation and emergency personnel is currently on the scene.




The Navy yard serves as a workplace for over 3,000 people. The facility is the largest of the Navy's five command posts, and they engineer, build, buy and maintain ships, submarines and combat systems that meet the Fleet's current and future operational requirements.

More on this story has it develops.

[US Navy, Associated Press, ABC News]