Police are searching for a confirmed active shooter on the grounds of the Navy Yard.
At least 12 people have been confirmed killed, authorities tell NBC Washington.
One suspected shooter has been killed, as the search continues for two other possible suspects.
Full statement from the U.S. Navy:
“Family members of Washington Navy Yard employees looking for information about their loved ones can contact the Warfighter and Family Support Center at 202-433-6151 or 202-433-9713 Navy officials said Sept. 16.
Also, Washington D.C. Metro Police Department advises family members of Washington Navy Yard employees attempting to meet their loved ones do so at Nationals Stadium, Parking Lot B, South Capitol & N St SE.
Several people were injured and there are reports of fatalities in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 16.
An active shooter was reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building (Bldg. 197) on the Washington Navy Yard at 8:20 a.m. (Eastern Time).
Emergency personnel remain on scene and a “shelter in place” order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel.
A number of agencies are investigating the incident including the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, D.C. Metro Police, and the FBI which has lead.
“I'm deeply shocked and saddened by the shooting this morning at the Navy Yard,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I have complete confidence in our first responders, and I continue to be completely focused on this very difficult situation.”
This release will be updated as new information is confirmed.
“Everyone here at the Department of Defense is saddened by the incident at the Washington Navy Yard this morning,” Pentagon Press Secretary George Little. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims. Secretary Hagel is closely following the situation and has assured the Navy we will provide any resource or capability needed to get the Washington Navy Yard community through this event.
“The commander of the Military District of Washington is determining the operational and security status of military installations in the National Capital Region. Individual installation commanders have the authority to change their operating status at their discretion. While the Pentagon remains open, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency increased its security posture, not out of a specific threat, but as a proactive, precautionary measure,” Little continued.
“This is a fluid situation. Navy officials are working closely with law enforcement and emergency management representatives from the FBI and the District of Columbia to secure the scene and begin the investigation. More information will be released from the appropriate agency as it becomes available,” said Little.”
End of Navy statement.