News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Z_CNHI News Service

September 18, 2013

Ky. native describes scene of Navy Yard shooting

A Kentucky native working at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard where a gunman killed 12 people Monday credits a mountain of paperwork for his own survival.

Earl "Larry" Lovings said he had just sat down at his desk in the shipyard’s Building 201 on Monday morning when an armed shooter entered Building 197, just 200 feet away. If not for the backlog of work at his desk, Lovings said he might have been in the building at the time.

"I usually go in and out of that building three or four times a day," said Lovings, a native of Madison County, Ky.

The shooter, identified by federal law enforcement officials as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, was reported to be a contractor doing computer work for the Navy. He was shot to death in a gun battle with police after killing 12 people and wounding eight others, authorities said.

A former Navy service member, Lovings said he and others in his building tried to keep as quiet as possible and moved to two rooms for safety. From there, he had a bird's eye view of what was happening nearby.

"I saw one person, who had been injured themselves, bring two other injured people to the roof of the building (197)," Lovings said. "The Capitol Police helicopter, with a police sniper, landed and took them away."

He then described how law enforcement officers landed on and secured the roof of the building, effectively sealing the gunman inside. Once all possible exits from the building were guarded, Lovings said an "alphabet soup" of federal agencies, including the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI, entered 197 to evacuate the building and search for the shooter.

Lovings said the he and others at the yard were stunned by the massacre.

"We were all just in shock that this was someone who had access (to the facility)," he said. "Could we have prevented it? Maybe, maybe not. Naval Sea System Command lost 12 men and women to a senseless act of violence."

Details for this story were reported by The Richmond (Ky.) Register.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Z_CNHI News Service
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Video Shows Smiling American Bomber in Syria Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Violent Clashes Between Libyan Militias Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Planes With MH17 Victims Land in Eindhoven 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Tanks Patrol Gaza Streets During Ceasefire Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Raw: Sirens After Explosions in Israel Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Today in History for July 27th Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity