VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Several military members from Hampton Roads are based out ofFort Hood. So, when they heard about the mass shooting, they waitedanxiously to see if their loved ones were safe.
All day Thursday, Venus Marshall held onto her phone. She waswaiting to hear from a familiar voice and to find out the latest onthe tragedy in Texas.
"One of your buddies got shot four times?," Marshall asked hernephew.
Marshall's nephew, 19-year-old John Allen is stationed at FortHood. He, like many of his fellow soldiers, still can't believewhat happened.
"I'm in shock, because I didn't think anything would happen,"Allen said over the phone. "You think it would happen overseas, butI never thought it would be an actual war right here on post."
Allen is from Virginia Beach and a Kempsville High School grad.He is just getting ready for his first deployment.
"Five people from my unit got shot," Allen added, alreadyfinding out the meaning of loss.
"It was one of our own soldiers doing the shooting," Allencontinued.
Military officials say the gunman is Major Nidal Malik Hasan.We're told he opened fire in a crowd killing 13 and injuring 30more.
"It could have been me," Allen said. "I was scheduled to go SRP,but there was a change of plans."
"SRP" is the process a soldier goes though to get checked outbefore going on deployment. The office is in the area where theshooting happened. Allen could have been right there.
"That is the glory to God," Marshall added.
Marshall says even though her nephew wasn't hurt, there is stilla sense of loss. It also serves as a reminder how precious life canbe.
"I'm just thankful and prayerful that God will keep his hand onhim," Marshall said.
Private Allen says he knows of five of his friends were shot. Hewas told at least two of them are in critical condition.
A routine traffic stop in Chesapeake resulted in a three-city pursuit Friday morning.
Wet weather is expected to move into the area over the weekend, forcing some areas to cancel or change their holiday events.
Four vehicles were involved in a crash on Route 17 in Gloucester Friday morning.