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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: Emergency vehicles and law enforcement personnel respond to a reported shooting at the Washington Navy Yard September 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to news reports several people were shot with a shooter still active. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 16: Emergency vehicles and law enforcement personnel respond to a reported shooting at the Washington Navy Yard September 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to news reports several people were shot with a shooter still active. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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By ERIC TUCKER and BRETT ZONGKER,  Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) _ At least one gunman opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, and officials said several people were killed and as many as 10 were wounded, including a law enforcement officer.

A shooter had died, though it wasn’t immediately clear how, according to a Defense Department official and federal law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Two other officials have said police were looking into the possibility of a second shooter.

Witnesses described a gunman opening fire from the fourth floor, aiming down on people in the first-floor cafeteria. Others said a gunman fired at them in a third-floor hallway.

As witnesses emerged from the building, a helicopter hovered over the building, schools were on lockdown and airplanes at nearby Reagan National Airport were briefly grounded.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: Emergency vehicles and law enforcement personnel respond to a reported shooting at an entrance to the Washington Navy Yard September 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the latest news report, several people were shot with the shooter still possibly active. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 16: Emergency vehicles and law enforcement personnel respond to a reported shooting at an entrance to the Washington Navy Yard September 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the latest news report, several people were shot with the shooter still possibly active. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Less than 2 miles away, security was beefed up at the Capitol, but officials said there was no known threat there. President Barack Obama was getting frequent briefings on the shooting.

The exact number of people killed and the conditions of those wounded was not immediately known. About 3,000 people work at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, which builds, buys and maintains the Navy’s ships and submarines and combat systems.

Todd Brundidge, an executive assistant with Navy Sea Systems Command, said he and other co-workers encountered a gunman in a long hallway of their building on the third floor. The gunman was wearing all blue, he said.

“He just turned and started firing,” Brundidge said.

Terrie Durham, an executive assistant with the same agency, said she also saw the gunman firing toward her and Brundidge.

“He aimed high and missed,” she said. “He said nothing. As soon as I realized he was shooting, we just said, `Get out of the building.”’

Rick Mason, a program management analyst who is a civilian with the U.S. Navy, said a gunman was shooting from a fourth floor overlook in the hallway outside his office. He said the gunman was aiming down at people in the building’s cafeteria on the first floor.

Mason said he could hear the shots but could not see a gunman.

Shortly after the gunfire, Mason said someone on an overhead speaker told workers to seek shelter and later to head for the gates at the complex.

Patricia Ward, a logistics management specialist, said she was in the cafeteria and heard shots. They sounded like “pop, pop, pop,” she said. After a few seconds, there were more shots.

“Everybody just panicked at first,” she said. “It was just people running, running, running.”

Ward said security officers started directing people out of the building with guns drawn.
Police and federal agents from multiple law enforcement agencies responded.

Ambulances were parked outside, streets in the area were closed and departures from Reagan National Airport were temporarily halted for security reasons.

Among the wounded was a D.C. police officer, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.

A U.S. Park Police helicopter hovered over the building and appeared to drop a basket with a person onto the roof.

 A helicopter lifts a person off the roof as police respond to the report of a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, Dc on September 16, 2013. Departures have been halted at Washington's Reagan National Airport due to a shooting at the US Navy Yard, an official said Monday. Chris Paolino, a spokesman for the airport, said inbound aircraft are still landing and that the airport remains open to passengers. 'We can confirm that the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has halted aircraft departures from Reagan National due to an active law enforcement incident at the Washington Navy Yard,' Paolino told AFP via email. Several people have been wounded in the shooting at the nearby US Navy Yard in Washington, authorities said. The Navy said at least three shots were fired at 8:20 am (1320 GMT) in the headquarters building of the Naval Sea Systems Command. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit:  SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

A helicopter lifts a person off the roof as police respond to the report of a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, Dc on September 16, 2013. Departures have been halted at Washington’s Reagan National Airport due to a shooting at the US Navy Yard, an official said Monday. Chris Paolino, a spokesman for the airport, said inbound aircraft are still landing and that the airport remains open to passengers. ‘We can confirm that the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has halted aircraft departures from Reagan National due to an active law enforcement incident at the Washington Navy Yard,’ Paolino told AFP via email. Several people have been wounded in the shooting at the nearby US Navy Yard in Washington, authorities said. The Navy said at least three shots were fired at 8:20 am (1320 GMT) in the headquarters building of the Naval Sea Systems Command. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Officials at MedStar Washington Hospital Center said two shooting victims had been brought there.

District of Columbia schools officials said six schools and one administrative building in the vicinity of the Navy Yard were placed on lockdown. The action was taken out an abundance of caution, schools spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz said.

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.

The Navy Yard is part of a fast-growing neighborhood on the banks of the Anacostia River in southeast Washington, just blocks from Nationals Park and about 1 1/2 miles southeast of the U.S. Capitol.
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Associated Press writers Lolita C. Baldor, Stacy A. Anderson and Ben Nuckols in Washington contributed to this report.
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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