Another “active shooter” incident in Washington DC. The shooting took place inside a building at the Navy Yard, where a shooter stood at a railing on the fourth floor, picking off people who walked through a cafeteria atrium, four stories below.
TV news stories state that to access this particular building, a person must go through a checkpoint, show identification, and prove authorization to gain entry.
As is usual with these incidents, the stories conflict and facts are hard to come by: There was one shooter, or multiple shooters. There were two shooters killed, or only one. There are six dead and dozens wounded, or not. Initial reports said a bald black man was the shooter. From one story:
One suspect is dead after a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, but two others may be on the loose, the D.C. police chief said Monday.
“The big concern for us right now is that we potentially have two other shooters that we have not located at this point,” Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters.
Multiple people were killed in the shooting rampage, Lanier said, which sent police in SWAT team gear swarming to the scene Monday morning.
Hours later, Lanier said authorities were still looking for a white man and a black man in military-style clothing who could be connected to the shooting.
“We have no information to believe that either of those folks are military personnel, but we do have information that those individuals are wearing military-style uniforms,” she said.
It’s important to note, before gun-control nuts begin bloviating yet again, that DC has among the most stringent gun-control laws in the entire country. Nevertheless, their many laws did not prevent this cold-blooded murder. How many lives might have been saved, if even one witness had been armed?
Unlike with Benghazi, Barack Obama has already been briefed multiple times and has already found his way in front of a camera to comment. Coincidentally or not, recent news stories decried the fact that gun control has been shoved to the back burner and that Obama hasn’t made any traction with his attempts to impose “common sense” gun control on the country, despite the murders at Sandy Hook.
FOX News cites an official who stated, ominously, that this incident is not over. It was just announced that 12 are confirmed dead. A spokesperson says that quick action by the police saved lives. Again, if armed civilians had been present, how many more might have been saved before the cops arrived?
Presently there’s a man hunt for two other suspects–a white man and a black man, both wearing military-like clothing. The FBI is leading the man hunt.
Pray for the victims and their families. Pray also that justice is meted out to the perpetrators.