PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - After Monday's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus ordered security reviews at all Navy and Marine Corps Installations Tuesday. Those affected include workers at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth.
U.S. Fleet Forces Commander Admiral Bill Gortley is leading the investigation for U.S. Navy bases. Lieutenant General Rick Tryon, who is the Mmarine Corps Force Commander, will do the same for Marine bases.
Mabus wants to know how well the Navy protects its bases and how accurately it screens its workers.
Norfolk Naval Shipyard worker Katerria Spears told WAVY.com she noticed the heightened security Tuesday.
"Yes, there is more security now," Spears said. "There is way more security. I.D. at the gate and in the parking lot. I came to the parking lot and I got my I.D. checked."
Shipyard worker Brandon Copeland agreed with Spears.
"I do notice more police patrolling since yesterday ... There's more patrolling here than at the CIA," Copeland said.
Gunman Aaron Alexis was able to bring a shotgun into the Navy Yard and inside building 197. Norfolk Naval Shipyard worker Greg Taylor said employees bringing firearms inside the gate is highly unusual, in his experience.
"No, I don't know anyone [who brings guns inside the gate] ... I was surprised to hear he did that. It really shocked me," Taylor said.
Before ending the shipyard in Portsmouth Tuesday, Taylor said while he was shocked to hear about the shooting, he believed it ultimately couldn't have been prevented.
"What happened was pretty shocking, but if he was determined to do something ... it's hard to stop him," Taylor said.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.
Michelle Price with Newport News Public Schools told WAVY.com at least three city school buses ran substantially late Wednesday afternoon, delivering children home several hours after dismissal.
Plans to enhance a popular park in Smithfield are on hold. Some people say City Council is trying to commercialize a natural and historic treasure, and leave them out of the loop.