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Citywide Impact of the Navy Yard Shooting (Updates)
How the Washington area is addressing the situation. By Carol Ross Joynt
Comments () | Published September 16, 2013

• DC mayor Vincent Gray on Monday evening said that for the Tuesday rush hour all DC streets will be open, including those which had been closed in the vicinity of the Navy Yard.

• DC police chief Cathy Lanier on Monday evening said the Metropolitan Police are lifting the shelter in place for residents and businesses in the Navy Yard area.

• There will be a candlelight vigil at Freedom Plaza Monday night at 7:30, according to the New Organizing Institute. Participants are asked to bring a candle.

• The flags at the Capitol and at the White House have been lowered to half staff on behalf of the victims of the Navy Yard shooting.

• Uber tweeted that it has cars near Nationals Stadium and is giving free rides from the Navy Yard area this afternoon.

• At her afternoon news conference, Chief Lanier said employees of business in the vicinity of the Navy Yard have been asked to remain sheltered in place “until we finish what we have to do.” She added, “In the next couple of hours we hope to have more information and be able to say all suspects and victims are accounted for.”

• Chief Lanier on what Metropolitan Police officers found when they arrived on the shooting scene: “One of the worst things we have found in DC. We were able to get officers in the building in seven minutes.”

• DC police chief Cathy Lanier, at an afternoon briefing, said Route 295, Kenilworth Avenue, had been reopened. She said the area around the Navy Yard is still a “very active law enforcement scene” but “we still have to move people around the city.” She said commuters should avoid the area around Nationals Park and that M Street from South Capitol Street to 11th Street, Southeast, would remain closed. 

• DC delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, at a news conference, said, “I am asking people to withhold judgment of what happened here. This facility began the revival of M Street. It is a very secure facility. And the Navy has managed to keep it secure while it’s been open to the public.”

• DC Public Schools will follow a normal closing schedule, including the eight schools in the vicinity of the Navy Yard that were on lockdown. 

• The Nationals have postponed their Monday-night game to a double-header on Tuesday.

• Senate buildings are on lockdown. Majority leader Harry Reid earlier canceled any further Senate action for the day.


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