Navy reports news of shooter in real-time on Twitter

While the assailant was still in the building at the Washington Navy Yard, the Navy was offering the latest details via social media.

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Anyone who follows the U.S. Navy on Twitter knew about the incident while the shooter was in the building because the Navy tweeted about it in real time.

The first tweet came at about 8:40 a.m. EDT, about 20 minutes after the shooter was first reported as being inside the building:

#BREAKING: #USNavy confirms active shooter at Washington Navy Yard. More to follow.

— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) September 16, 2013

A few minutes later, the Navy’s Twitter account confirmed that three shots had been fired:

#BREAKING: Still active shooter. More base police entering building. Approx. 3000 people work in bldg. #NavyYardShooting

— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) September 16, 2013

The next tweet:

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