Washington Navy Yard shooting: Navy Yard employees told to work from home

WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- Police and members of the press far outnumbered personnel at Navy Yard on Tuesday. The thousands of employees who work here every day were told not to come in, and instead, work from home.

Gail Munro, the Navy’s art curator, was one of these employees.

“I send out combat artists all the time to war zones -- I think about what it's like to be in a combat environment, you know? The Navy Yard is not what I would expect," she says."

Munro was in a meeting at 8:15 a.m. on Monday morning when the shots broke out. Building 197 was just a few doors away from her..

“Someone was running through the building saying we were on lockdown," she describes. "I said, 'Is this a drill?' and he said, 'No it's not.'"

Munro and dozens of other co-workers then spent more than six hours shuttling from different locations as crews tried to clear the buildings.

“On our end, the guy starts yelling: Get down, get down!" says Munro.

She escaped unharmed, and learned of the gravity of the situation only once she arrived at home.

In a statement from Navy Yard regarding Wednesday:

Only mission essential personnel will be allowed onto WNY Wednesday, Sept. 18. However, starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow, parking garages 28, 104, 386, 405 and all surface parking lots are open for members to retrieve their private vehicles for immediate departure from the Washington Navy Yard. You can come any time after 9 a.m. since 9th and O Streets Gates will be open 24 hours.