D.C Mass Navy Yard Shooting--A military perspective

D.C Mass Navy Yard Shooting--A military perspective

An active manhunt in southeast Washington, D.C after an assault on a military installation.
 

There's an active manhunt in southeast Washington, D.C after an assault on a military installation.

At least 13 people are dead -- and several others have been wounded.

While one suspected gunman, identified as 34 year-old Aaron Alexis, is said to be among the dead, authorities are still searching for another possible assailant wearing military-style clothing.

Aaron Alexis, a Navy Reserve veteran and the man accused of allegedly killing 12 innocent people at The Navy Base in Washington, D.C. Confusion still lingers but Major Kreft tries making sense of it all.

Along with serving in the United States Air Force for 12-years, Elizabeth Kreft also serves as the defense legislative fellow, meaning she advises members of congress on defense issues. She was in the capitol complex during Monday’s mass shooting and describes the day as confusing, but she’s hopeful that those responsible will be held accountable. 

 “The truth is that these are very secure installations.  I know the security officials take their jobs very seriously,” said Kreft. 

Kreft lives less than a mile from the Navy Yard. 

“Everyone who lives in Capitol Hill embraces the military and for this happen it cuts pretty deep,” said Kreft. 

 The base is partially open to the public near the waterfront and there are three secure entrances .Kreft says those with the proper identification are allowed to come and go from the base without facing heavy security.

“They take measures to ensure ease of access for people who need to get on the base and work everyday, while trying to balance that with the right kind of security, it’s a very tough job,” said Kreft. 

While a motive for the mass shooting is still unknown, Kreft says she’s hopeful that investigators will find out why this heinous crime happened. 

“I know investigators are going to get to the bottom of this and find out how something like this could possibly happen,” said Kreft. 

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