PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Many people in Hampton Roads were waiting to find out who was hurt in a Monday shooting at a Naval facility in Washington, D.C.
The shooting happened at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) at the Washington Navy Yard around 8:20 a.m. NAVSEA oversees the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, and a spokesman said employees at both facilities interact daily.
Police said at least 13 people died, including the shooter. According to the Navy, the first shots were fired at the NAVSEA headquarters building, possibly by a male shooter armed with an AR-15 military-style weapon.
Sailor Perez Blackmon works at Naval Station Norfolk as a logistics specialist.
"Any time you hear something like that you just wonder, 'Do we have family up there? Do we have shipmates up there?,'" Blackmon said.
Naval Station Norfolk was operating as normal on Monday. Blackmon said the shooting made him stop and worry about safety on the job.
"I'm not going to lie, it kind of makes me skeptical. Am I safe at work? If somebody's going to snap one day and start shooting?," Blackmon said.
Christina Robinson, a welder at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, said she often worries about security on base.
"If it was a little bit closer, I guess I'd be a little bit more worried. I noticed a dog when I walked out, so I think they've heightened security [today]," Robinson said.
A Norfolk Naval Shipyard spokesman would not comment on any security measures there. Naval Medical Portsmouth reported normal operations Monday. Joint Base Langley-Eustis and U.S. Coast Guard Hampton Roads reported no change in procedures.
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