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When shots were fired in the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters building at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., at 8:20 a.m. Monday, 12 employees from Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division were in the building.
All NSWC IHEODTD employees were unharmed.
Twelve people at the Navy Yard, the U.S. Navy’s oldest shore establishment, on the Anacostia River in the southeast part of the District, were shot and killed by a lone gunman before he was shot by police.
“That NAVSEA building is our headquarters building, so we immediately mustered employees,” said Becky D’Ambrosio, director of the corporate communications division for NSWC IHEODTD.
Naval Support Facility Indian Head was not on lockdown Monday, D’Ambrosio said.
Three of the employees are working full time at the Navy Yard on a temporary status, D’Ambrosio said. Four other employees are full time and permanently based at the Navy Yard, and five were attending meetings.
She added that employees are not permitted to have cellphones in the building where the shootings took place, but employees who had been evacuated afterward were contacted by cellphones.
Gary Wagner, public affairs officer at Naval Support Activity South Potomac, said that Naval Support Facility Dahlgren and NSF Indian Head were not on lockdown Monday following the incidents in the District. Lockdown requires that individuals are not permitted to come or go from a naval base.
The bases were on an increased security posture for protection at Dahlgren and Indian Head as a precaution in response to what was happening at the Navy Yard on Monday, Wagner said. The increased security at both naval bases began around 9 a.m. Monday.
The Navy Yard serves as headquarters for Naval District Washington and contains naval commands that provide support activities for fleet and aviation.