President Obama is being briefed on the shooting at Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard Monday morning.
“The President has been briefed several times about the unfolding situation at the Washington Navy Yard by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco and Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromanaco,” a White House official said.
“The President directed his team to stay in touch with our federal partners, including the Navy and FBI, as well as the local officials. We urge citizens to listen to the authorities and follow directions from the first responders on site.”
According to an update from the Navy, an active shooter was reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters building in the Washington Navy Yard at 8:20 a.m.
About 3,000 people work at the Naval Sea Systems Command’s headquarters.
A “shelter in place” order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel and a metropolitan police spokesperson reached by phone a little after 10 a.m. told The Daily Caller that the scene was still “active.”
The Washington Post reports that police say 10 people were shot, including eight civilians, a D.C. police officer and a base officer.
A Defense Department official told the Associated Press that several people have been killed and that the shooter is “contained” but not in custody.
In a message to House staff obtained by The Daily Caller, the U.S. Capitol Hill police are also monitoring the situation.
“At this time, the incident is confined to the Navy Yard and there is no known threat to Capitol Hill. Please avoid this area until further notice,” the message to all House staff read.