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Navy Yard Shootings Update: 13 Confirmed Dead Including Suspected Gunman Aaron Alexis

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More details are emerging surrounding the deadly shootings that took place this morning in our nation's capital, and none of them make the situation any less tragic!

Authorities upped the death total to 13 and identified a man they think was responsible, but they still haven't said definitively whether they believe more suspects are currently at large.

Police say they've identified the suspected gunman who was killed today during the Washington Navy Yard firefight as Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old Navy veteran discharged from service after a shooting incident but apparently later hired by a government subcontractor.

According to Navy sources, Aaron was also once awarded both the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Other sources say he was also enrolled in college courses this semester.

As for whether District police are still chasing other suspects, it's still very unclear!

Earlier today D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said they were searching for two additional suspects dressed in fatigues, but they've reportedly found and cleared one of those potential suspects since then and haven't said whether they're still searching for another.

President Barack Obama offered his sentiments earlier and is currently asking all government agencies to fly flags at half-mast in the wake of these senseless shootings.

Our thoughts and sincerest well-wishes continue to go out to all those affected by these horrific slayings.

We will of course keep you updated as soon as any new information is uncovered.

[Image via Fort Worth Police Department/Twitter.]

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12 Confirmed Dead In Navy Yard Shootings

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We had hoped the death toll would remain low in the Washington Navy Yard shootings, but it turns out to be worse than we feared.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has officially confirmed that there have been 12 known fatalities at the hands of the shooter.

A number of other injuries have also been reported, including to police officers.

As we previously reported, one gunman has been killed, but police are on the lookout for two more possible shooters- a white male and a black male, both between the ages of 40 and 50.

The FBI is now leading that ongoing investigation.

No motive is yet known for the killings, but our hearts go out to the families of the dozen innocents we lost today.

[Image via Twitter.]

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Sandy Hook-Influenced Movie Plans Cause Outrage!

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Why are we not surprised?!?

It wasn't enough that Newtown, Conn. had to go through the TERRIBLE tragedy that has left many with a broken hearts that will probably never be repaired, but now the crowd funding site, Indiegogo is forking over some cash to film a movie dubbed, Illness.

Even though the flick is supposedly not directly related to the Sandy Hook shootings, it will have an underlying plot about the unfortunate event that happened at the school.

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Ann Coulter, A Month After Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre: Gun Crime In America Is Not A Problem For "White Populations"

Honestly, we can't even tell you what's more hurtful and sickening here:

That this woman honestly, truly believes all of the hateful, racist nonsense that she shamefully spouts out or that there are people all over this country who support those beliefs.

Although we hate to add to Ann Coulter's already delusional, engorged ego by allowing ourselves to get worked up over her latest hate-spewed tirade against common sense and logic, the right-wing political commentator has truly outdone herself this time while appearing on last night's Hannity to give her latest opinion on the current gun violence debate in the United States.

Make sure you haven't just eaten, because you'll most definitely lose your lunch when you watch (above)!

Yeah.

All we have to say here is that even if that what-sounds-to-be-a-BS statistic about the rates of gun violence in "white communities" compared to "other demographics" is even true in some deliberately limited fashion, how DARE she blatantly ignore the social constructs and institutionalized racism that bleed through our country's politics, legislation, and economy that keep individuals living in poverty, stuck with life-long stigmas preventing them from access to real opportunity, and desperate to do what they have to just to live with a FRACTION of the comfort her lifestyle allows.

Of course, that's also ignoring the fact

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Sandy Hook Students Return To School Tomorrow

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Last month, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut experienced a HORRIFIC tragedy that killed 20 kids and six adults.

And after being out of school since mid-December, the children and teachers are going back to school… BUT not at the building where the massacre happened.

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Sandy Hook Shooting Pushes LAPD To Move Gun Buyback Program To TODAY

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SO many props to the Los Angles Police Department!!

The LAPD's honorable gun buyback program, which generally occurs in May, was moved to TODAY (December 26th) in response to the tragic Sandy Hook elementary school shootings which took place December 14th.

The program urges gun owners to bring their weapons to one of two approved locations — the Van Nuys Masonic Temple and Los Angeles Sports Arena — where they can anonymously exchange their guns for grocery store gift cards.

A participant in the gun buyback program can get $100 for pistols, shotguns and rifles, and $200 for assault weapons.

According to the LAPD, this program has collected over 8,000 guns since its inception in 2009!

If only we could turn this small effort of getting guns off of the streets into a nationwide initiative!

Imagine how many LIVES could be saved?!

[Image via AP Images.]

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Simon Cowell: Sandy Hook X Factor Tribute "Hardest Thing" He's Ever Done On TV

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During last night's X Factor, finalists and contenders who were recently voted off gathered together to perform a heartfelt version of You Are Not Alone as a tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting and their loved ones.

For the usually sarcastic, cool-headed Simon Cowell, introducing such a somber event was apparently one of the most emotionally difficult things he's had to do in his whole television career.

After Wednesday's show, Simon expressed:

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