At least 12 dead, suspects sought in Navy shooting

Washington Naval Yard Shooting WASHINGTON — A manhunt was underway for two more possible shooters after at least 12 people were killed and several others wounded Monday at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters here, Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. Lanier said a shooter was dead and one police officer was wounded in an “engagement” with at least one gunman.

She said authorities have “multiple” pieces of information indicating there could have been more shooters. Lanier, who said the FBI is now taking the lead in the probe, said no motive for the shootings had been determined.

Read more from the original article by John Bacon and Donna Leinwand Leger, USA TODAY

FROM MARTHA: I am so pleased to see that so many folks who join us come from so many different faiths, even though it’s pretty general knowledge that I, myself, am a Christian. For me, that is a deeply personal journey that can’t be defined by the politics or the social or cultural opinions of the day.

The word Christian and the phrase “born again” have been used and misused so often that more often than not I find myself saying, “yes, I’m a Christian” and then feeling that I have to go on and explain what I am NOT as much as what I am. But going through some old journals the other day, I found something that I copied down for myself back in 1985. It was a short letter from a third century martyr named St. Cyprian to his friend Donatis.

In a few words, this voice from almost two thousand years ago reminded me how very simple a person’s faith can be and still make a powerful difference. Here it is:

“This is a cheerful world as I see it from my garden under the shadows of my vines. But if I were to ascend some high mountain and look out over the wide lands, you know very well what I should see; brigands on the highways, pirates on the seas, armies fighting, cities burning, in the amphitheaters men murdered to entertain applauding crowds; selfishness, cruelty, misery and despair under all roofs.”

It is a bad world, Donatis, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered in the midst of it a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasure of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatis, are the Christians, and I am one of them.”

May God bless each of us today with simple truths. The truth of His enduring love. The joy that it brings. And may each of us find, with His help, a simple way to pass that on.

Please share how your faith sustains you on a day like today when we are reminded that we live in a violent world.


  • Kevan Corkill

    Prayers are indeed for all…evil is all around.

    I agree with you Martha, with the phrase “Christian”. When I talk to those who are not Christian, I will say to that I am Christian. When I talk to Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I will say that I am a believer. I know in the Book of Acts, the early believers called themselves People of the Way. I know that there are very few truly committed believers out there. Soon, we will see how many there are when those in control demand all to take the mark. As for me, I say lead me straight to the guillotine.

  • Janice Long

    Just awful. My prayers go out to the families.