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Navy Yard Shooting Witness Describes Hearing Shots, Running From Scene (VIDEO)

09/16/2013 10:38 am ET | Updated Sep 16, 2013

Budget analyst Herbert Williams spoke with HuffPost's Arthur Delaney about hearing shots at Navy Yard during Monday morning's shooting.

Williams describes what it was like to hear the shots and see people running from the scene.

Click here for live updates on the shooting, and watch a video of Williams above.

Another witness, Dave Stevens, also shared his experience with HuffPost. Watch a video of his remarks below:

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Navy Yard Shooting

09/17/2013 6:14 PM EDT

There Have Been More Mass Shootings Since Newtown Than You've Heard About (INFOGRAPHIC)

When 13 people died in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, the story made front page news. But many of the mass shootings that have happened since the December massacre of elementary school students and teachers in Newtown, Conn., didn't.

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09/17/2013 5:09 PM EDT

Aaron Alexis Was At Gun Range The Day Before Navy Yard Shooting

The Associated Press reports:

Michael Slocum, an attorney for a Virginia gun store, said in an email that Aaron Alexis visited Sharpshooters Small Arms Range on Sunday. He says Alexis rented a rifle, bought bullets and used the range. He then bought a shotgun and 24 shells.

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09/17/2013 3:12 PM EDT

Alexis Was 'Determined To Kill As Many People As Possible'

WASHINGTON -- Alleged Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis acted alone and was "determined to kill as many people as possible," law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

Officials would not comment on Alexis' alleged motive during a press conference held Tuesday afternoon outside the FBI's Washington Field Office, but said they had determined he arrived in the area around Aug. 25 and had been staying at the Residence Inn in Southwest Washington, D.C. since Sept. 7.

The FBI is investigating "hundreds" of tips they have received Monday's shooting. "No piece of information is too small," said FBI Assistant Director in Charge Valerie Parlave, asking for additional assistance from the public.

Metropolitan Police Officer Scott Williams is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery, according to MPD Chief Cathy Lanier. "We have a very good prognosis from the doctors, he does have serious injuries to his legs. Again, I know the officer and I know his personality, and I'm real confident he will not only walk again but probably will outrun most of us again," Lanier said.

09/17/2013 2:24 PM EDT

FBI: Alexis Only Had A Shotgun

Aaron Alexis entered Building 197 with only a shotgun in his possession, not an assault rifle like some media outlets reported. "We have no information that [Alexis] had an AR-15 assault rifle in his possession," the FBI's Valerie Parlave said in a press conference. "He may have gained access to a handgun ... and after he began shooting."

09/17/2013 2:22 PM EDT

FBI: Shotgun Used In Shooting Was Purchased Legally

09/17/2013 11:52 AM EDT

Aaron Alexis Got Honorable Discharge Despite Disorderly Conduct, Insubordination

Alexis was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2011 after bouts of insubordination, disorderly conduct and being absent from work without authorization.

The AP reports:

Officials said the bad conduct was enough to make it clear Alexis would not be a good sailor, but not enough to warrant a general or less-than-honorable discharge. They also did not involve criminal offenses, so did not trigger any court-martial proceedings.

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09/17/2013 11:51 AM EDT

Victims' Names Released

Here's a complete list of the victims of yesterday's shooting:

Michael Arnold, 59

Martin Bodrog, 54

Arthur Daniels, 51

Sylvia Frasier, 53

Kathleen Gaarde, 62

John Roger Johnson, 73

Mary Francis Knight, 51

Frank Kohler, 50

Vishnu Pandit, 61

Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46

Gerald L. Read, 58

Richard Michael Ridgell, 52

Suspected gunman Aaron Alexis, 34, died as well.

09/17/2013 11:21 AM EDT

Recovering Victims Worried About Their Co-Workers

Dr. Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, told the Associated Press that three victims in yesterday's shooting -- including a police officer who was shot in the legs -- are recovering and in fair or good condition. She said two women who saw others shot are "very worried about their co-workers," but are unaware of the extent of the shooting.

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09/17/2013 11:20 AM EDT

Schools Have Reopened

Schools near Navy Yard that were on lockdown after Monday's shooting have reopened on Tuesday, WJLA reports.

09/17/2013 9:25 AM EDT

District Of Columbia Holds Candlelight Vigil For Victims

"A dozen or so" people gathered for a candlelight vigil at D.C.'s Freedom Plaza last night, reports the Washington City Paper:

"How immune are we becoming to these senseless mass shootings?" Eddie Weingart, the vigil's organizer and the founder of Project End Gun Violence, asked the ceremony's participants, who were flanked by twice as many media members. "Mass shootings are becoming as American as apple pie and baseball."

Details on #NavyYard shooter: Source tells @PierreTABC shooter was a former Navy official in his 50's whose work status recently changed

— ABC News (@ABC) September 16, 2013

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Unnamed sources have told multiple news outlets that the suspect worked for the Navy:

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Speaking hours after the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard just miles from the White House, President Barack Obama called the incident a \"cowardly act\" that would be swiftly and \"thoroughly\" investigated.

\"We still don't know all the facts, but we do know that several people have been shot and some have been killed. So we are confronting yet another mass shooting and today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capital,\" said the president.

Read more from Sam Stein about the presidential response.

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Speaking hours after the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard just miles from the White House, President Barack Obama called the incident a \"cowardly act\" that would be swiftly and \"thoroughly\" investigated.

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HuffPost Live has the press conference from Washington, D.C., as Mayor Vincent Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier address the media on the shooting at the Navy Yard.

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HuffPost Live has the press conference from Washington, D.C., as Mayor Vincent Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier address the media on the shooting at the Navy Yard.

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At a press conference that just concluded outside George Washington University Hospital, Dr. Nanak Sarani, director of trauma and acute care surgery, said that they received one gunshot victim sometime between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. The victim had a single gunshot wound to the left temple and was pronounced dead on arrival. He said paramedics tried all life-saving measures but the victim, a man in his 60s, could not be revived.

Sarani said that the man has been transferred to the medical examiner's office. He could not say what type of bullet or gun was used.

Sarani added that the hospital is ready to treat more victims.

-- Jason Cherkis

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HuffPost reporter Farah Mohamed, who is at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, reports that three victims are there, according to hospital spokeswoman Janis Orlowski.

A male victim, who is currently in surgery, had gunshot wounds to the legs, while a female civilian victim had gunshot wounds to the head and hand. The third victim had gunshot wounds to the shoulder.

Orlowski said the hospital believes that semi-automatic weapons were used, based on victim accounts of rapid gunshots. The hospital has room to take up to eight to 10 more patients.

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HuffPost reporter Farah Mohamed, who is at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, reports that three victims are there, according to hospital spokeswoman Janis Orlowski.

A male victim, who is currently in surgery, had gunshot wounds to the legs, whi...Read More"},{"id":"54","created":"09/16/2013 12:31 PM EDT","title":"Metropolitan Police Chief Confirms One Shooter Killed, Two Others Possibly At Large","tweet_link":"54_metropolitan-police-chief-confirms-one-shooter-killed-two-others-possibly-at-large","entry_text":"

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a press conference that a local police officer has been shot, in addition to \"multiple victims inside who are deceased.\"

Lanier also said \"there is one shooter that we believe is involved in this who is deceased,\" but two other potential shooters have not been located. One is a white male wearing a khaki military uniform, short sleeves and a beret, who was last seen with a handgun. The other is a black male, 50, with an olive military-style uniform who may been in possession of a long gun.

Lanier said they have no information on whether the two men are in fact military personnel.

-- Andy Campbell

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Vice President Joe Biden has been briefed by phone about the situation unfolding at the Navy Yard by his national security adviser Jake Sullivan, per a White House official.

-- Jen Bendery

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Vice President Joe Biden has been briefed by phone about the situation unfolding at the Navy Yard by his national security adviser Jake Sullivan, per a White House official.

-- Jen Bendery

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According to the AP and CBS, at least six people have died in the shooting at Navy Yard:

BREAKING: Navy officials say at least 6 dead in Navy Yard shooting.

— The Associated Press (@AP) 4 years ago

At least 6 dead in the Navy Yard shooting, CBS reports. http://t.co/YBiqNEm6Tj #navyyardshooting

— WTOP (@WTOP) 4 years ago

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According to the AP and CBS, at least six people have died in the shooting at Navy Yard:

BREAKING: Navy officials say at least 6 dead in Navy Yard shooting.

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Despite earlier rumors, the D.C. mayor reported there is no second shooting:

There is no active shooter at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

— Vincent C. Gray (@mayorvincegray) 2 years ago

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Despite earlier rumors, the D.C. mayor reported there is no second shooting:

There is no active shooter at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

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Video by HuffPost's Arthur Delaney

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Navy Yard employees evacuated to underground parking deck. pic.twitter.com/YVdwsVQtU8

— Gerritt (@Gerritt) Read More"},{"id":"38","created":"09/16/2013 11:11 AM EDT","title":"AP Reports Officials Looking Into Possible Second Shooter","tweet_link":"38_ap-reports-officials-looking-into-possible-second-shooter","entry_text":"

BREAKING: Officials say police looking into possibility of second shooter at Navy Yard where several were killed.

— The Associated Press (@AP) 4 years ago

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BREAKING: Officials say police looking into possibility of second shooter at Navy Yard where several were killed.

— The Associated Press (@AP) 4 ye...Read More"},{"id":"37","created":"09/16/2013 11:08 AM EDT","title":"Report On Hospital Patients","tweet_link":"37_report-on-hospital-patients","entry_text":"

Bruce Johnson, an anchor from local news station WUSA9, has reported that Washington Hospital Center has confirmed it has two patients from the Navy Yard shooting:

News: Washington Hospital center confirms that it has two patients from Navy Yard shooting @wusa9

— bruce johnson (@brucejohnson9) 4 years ago

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Bruce Johnson, an anchor from local news station WUSA9, has reported that Washington Hospital Center has confirmed it has two patients from the Navy Yard shooting:

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From the Associated Press:

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.

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From the Associated Press:

Rick Mason, a program management analyst who is a civilian with the U.S. Navy, said a gunman was sho...Read More"},{"id":"35","created":"09/16/2013 11:03 AM EDT","title":"U.S. Park Police Helicopters Present","tweet_link":"35_us-park-police-helicopters-present","entry_text":"

HuffPost reporter Christina Wilkie, who is on the ground, reports that U.S. Park Police helicopters are the dominant emergency vehicle at the scene, and appear to be landing in the Navy Yard and then lifting off again. Signs point to their use in the evacuation of victims. There have been at least four in the last 20 minutes.

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HuffPost reporter Christina Wilkie, who is on the ground, reports that U.S. Park Police helicopters are the dominant emergency vehicle at the scene, and appear to be landing in the Navy Yard and then lifting off again. Signs point to their use in the e...Read More"},{"id":"34","created":"09/16/2013 11:01 AM EDT","title":"Situation Ongoing","tweet_link":"34_situation-ongoing","entry_text":"

A NBC4 reporter just said that a law enforcement source \"inside the building\" heard shots \"just a moment ago,\" which would mean that the situation remains ongoing.

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A NBC4 reporter just said that a law enforcement source \"inside the building\" heard shots \"just a moment ago,\" which would mean that the situation remains ongoing.

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According to a law enforcement source:

ATF has dispatched a team of approximately 20 specially trained, locally stationed special agents to Washington Navy Yard to work with local authorities to address today’s shooting incident. We have ATF agents on the perimeter and engaged in the investigation. Additional special agents are responding in conjunction with our special response team and an armored vehicle.

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According to a law enforcement source:

ATF has dispatched a team of approximately 20 specially trained, locally stationed special agents to Washington Navy Yard to work with local authorities to address today’s shooting incident. We...Read More"}]

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