Reporting Derek Valcourt
WASHINGTON (WJZ)— A tragic shooting spree killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. Now we’re learning more about what happened and why.
Derek Valcourt has more.
Tuesday, there’s a sense of the surreal and sadness for many at the Navy Yard.
At the Washington Navy Yard, you have to look past the armed security at the main entrance gate to see the flowers that now sit at the base of the yard’s symbolic anchor. It’s a small tribute left by mourners grieving the loss of 12 victims.
“It’s just one of the worst experiences of my life,” said Sam Agger, an employee contractor at the yard.
Naval employee contractor Sam Agger is one of thousands still shaken by Monday morning’s mass shooting. He and others in his meeting locked themselves in a conference room.
“We heard a gunshot and then another and then another and then another and running feet and all sorts of things,” Agger said.
The massive federal investigation into the shooting kept most of the Navy Yard’s 18,000-plus workers at home Tuesday. Only a couple thousand essential employees reported to work.
“We are continuing to assess the security posture of our base,” said Navy Yard spokesperson Chantney Auger. “Right now, our focus is on trying to get our Naval family members all the support that they need.”
Maryland’s Congressional delegation is closely following the tragedy as they, too, look for answers.
“Evaluate the facts and try to make sure it doesn’t happen again but we’re in a dangerous world right now and we have to be vigilant,” said Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger.
For now, the employees who did make it out alive are still processing their fear and their own fortune.
“I’m one of the lucky ones because I’m talking to you about it. I could hug my family last night when I got home,” Agger said.
The Navy is continuing their evaluation of security inside the Navy Yard.