(Washington, DC) -- Several injuries are confirmed in a shooting at the massive U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, DC. A statement from the Navy notes "reports of fatalities. The "Washington Post" reports two of the victims are police officers. Toughly three thousand people who work at the sweeping facility continue sheltering in place as police scour the area for a male gunman. The shooting occurred at the facility's Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters. There is a massive law enforcement response including Washington, DC police and the FBI. A wide area around the base has been cordoned off in southeast Washington.
President Obama is getting regular briefings on the incident from his chief homeland security adviser and a deputy chief of staff. The Navy Yard houses the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, which is involved in overseeing the engineering, purchasing, building and maintenance of ships, submarines and combat systems.