WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the Washington Navy Yard employees returning to work this morning say it's too soon for them to even talk about Monday's shootings that killed 12 people. Others say it will take a while to get past the tragedy.
The installation re-opened this morning at 6 a.m.
Judy Farmer, who works as a scheduler at the Navy Yard, admitted that she'd "rather not be here today."
Barbara Smith said she was feeling apprehensive as she walked toward the entrance. But she added, "I have to work, and I'm trusting that they're taking care of what needs to be taken care of."
A man who works in the Navy Yard, across the street from the building where the shooting happened, says, "It's a little surreal." Brooke Roberts says, "You don't think this sort of thing can happen to you at your workplace, so you're just not prepared for it, regardless."
A Navy spokeswoman says today is a regular work day, except at the building where the shootings occurred and the base gym. The gym is being used as a staging area for the FBI to investigate the rampage, in which a former Navy reservist gunned down 12 people before police killed him.
142-v-32-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)--The Washington Navy Yard is open again after Monday's mass shooting. AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports from the Pentagon. (19 Sep 2013)
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143-c-19-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)-"a staging area"-AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports employees are returning to the Washington Navy Yard three days after a dozen people were killed. (19 Sep 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Makeshift memorial to the victims of the Navy Yard Shooting, Washington, DC, on texture, partial graphic (18 Sep 2013)
APPHOTO DCCD107: Military personnel have their identification checked after they enter the Washington Navy Yard Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. The Washington Navy Yard began returning to nearly normal operations three days after it was the scene of a mass shooting in which a gunman killed 12 people. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (19 Sep 2013)
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