Posted: Sep 16, 2013 11:39 AM by CBS News
Updated: Sep 16, 2013 11:40 AM
As many as 10 people have been shot at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, and at least six of those victims died from their wounds, federal and local officials told CBS News.
The Navy has confirmed that the gunman has died in the incident at the Naval Sea Systems Command building, reports CBS News correspondent David Martin. He is believed to have acted alone.
Officials told CBS News he was a civilian Navy employee who had job issues earlier this year, and he was also a retired Chief Petty Officer. The suspected shooter had been arrested Friday for public intoxication, and had a history of alcohol-related offenses, reports CBS News correspondent John Miller.
A law enforcement official told CBS News' Pat Milton the shooter apparently had a handgun, an AR-15 assault rifle, and a shotgun with him and was wearing dark blue clothing.
An official told CBS News the number of victims could be higher because it is a "chaotic scene." Officials have so far provided limited information on the health of the victims, and none have been identified because families must be notified first.
A White House official told CBS News President Obama has been briefed several times already on the incident, and that he would like "citizens to listen to the authorities and follow directions from the first responders on site."