A Navy Yard employee who was on the staircase near the second floor at the time of Monday’s shooting told The Daily Caller that he does not suspect multiple gunmen.
“I didn’t think that there was,” this ear-witness responded when asked about reports of additional gunmen. The man is the second person inside the building during the shooting who doubted the idea of multiple shooters.
Another worker who was inside the building during the shooting told The Daily Caller that the shots she heard, which she believed to be coming from a shotgun, sounded like the work of one gunman — who has now been identified by police as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis.
The first witness, who was positioned in the building below the shooting and who declined to give his name to reporters, didn’t get “any kind of indication that there was more than one.”
“I did hear someone running,” he said. “In the building that I am, it’s an old hangar…When you walk sometimes, the floor bounces…I heard someone really running fast towards the end of the building, which is the opposite of M street.”
The man only heard one person running.
“But I didn’t hear anybody say ‘oh’ or nothing,” he said, noting that he was expecting to hear a woman’s shrill screams or some other kind of human interaction in response to gunshots.
The scene remained chaotic Monday afternoon as low-flying helicopters continue to circle the area where 13 people are now reported dead. Police detectives and, later, federal agents, congregated in a taped-off area concentrated around 700 M Street Southeast. The crime scene has drawn a host of cops from many agencies.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agents arrived at the scene at approximately 11:45 AM, armoring up and fastening themselves with bullet-proof vests before joining D.C. police on M Street patrolling the roped-off area, which encompasses numerous buildings and rooftops.
The Navy Yard covers wide area, with many bystanders and evacuees. Navy Yard employees were sent to Nationals Stadium nearby to be reunited with family members.
Children were let out of a side door of Eagle Academy Public Charter School, located directly next door to the primary police and ATF buildup. School officials, who had been nervously monitoring the situation through windows prior to releasing the children, escorted the kids out.
“No questions” one administrator shouted as she opened the doors.