WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Since Monday's shooting, the Navy Yard has been shut down to everyone except essential personnel. Thursday, life on the base will begin to return to normal. The Navy Yard will reopen except for building 197 where the shootings happened.
The main gate at the Navy Yard will be closed. Employees are urged to head a couple of blocks down to the entrance at 9th and 0.
Early Thursday morning, a tractor trailer driver failed to make a U-turn and created a roadblock for traffic at the 6th Street entrance to the Navy Yard. M Street was closed between 4th and 7th Street SE. See video here: http://on.wusa9.com/15F1e7X The road has reopened.
The FBI investigation into the Navy Yard shootings is still focused on the motive of shooter Aaron Alexis. Officials are beginning to piece together Alexis' mental state leading up to the shooting.
Attention is also being paid to the actions of the first responders. Wednesday, we learned that a Capitol Police tactical team was prepared to enter the Navy Yard to stop Aaron Alexis -- and was ordered back to the Capitol by a watch commander.
The team was in contact with Metropolitan Police, who were pleading for help, but was turned around by a Capitol Police inspector. Two MPD officers went in without the team, and one of the officers was shot.
The Capitol Police Board has now launched an independent investigation.
Members of the team are furious. They are convinced they could have saved lives.