Navy to rename DC building where gunman killed 12

FILE //An officer who said he works for the Department of Defense, right, checks an ID outside of the closed Washington Navy Yard in Washington, on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, the day after a gunman launched an attack inside the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallways at the heavily secured military installation in the heart of the nation's capital. Only essential personnel were being permitted inside, according the authorities. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials are renaming the Washington Navy Yard building where a gunman fatally shot 12 people in September before he was killed by police.

Navy Vice Adm. William Hilarides said in an email to employees Tuesday that Building 197 will be named after Joshua Humphreys, who designed the Navy’s first six frigates. Hilarides said officials are also “exploring renumbering the building.”

Officials are currently renovating to the building, the headquarters for Naval Sea Systems Command. Employees have not worked in the building since the shooting.

Hilarides said officials have already started the process of naming the building after Humphreys.

The Navy has said that when the building re-opens in 2015 it will include a remembrance area, a new visitors’ entrance and new carpeting and furniture.

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