Navy Yard workers return to work to pick up vehicles

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Navy Yard employees were allowed to retrieve their vehicles Wednesday morning, two days after a mass shooting left several of their colleagues dead.

Chris Clark says returning Wednesday was tough.

“I actually just walked past the line of police tape and police guards just now and not sure when we’re going to be able to get back in, but pretty eerie in there,” he says.

Clark was on the second floor of Building 197 when the shootings began Monday. He left his belongings behind and ran for the exit.

“I was able to get outside, exit pretty quickly, and then you get outside on the lawn and heard a few more shots and people were screaming from the roof,” he says.

With Monday’s memories still fresh, hundreds of Navy Yard employees returned{ } to grab what they could. Building 197 is still off-limits to its workers, but everyone could get their vehicles back.

“… I was extremely happy to get out of the Navy Yard [the] day before yesterday and go home and spend time with my family,” says one worker.

As of Wednesday morning, at least 600 employees had requested counseling.

The Navy is looking at various security changes ahead of fully reopening Thursday.

“I don’t want to walk through the gate because I know it was close to 197, but just made me feel kind of leery. I don’t know what it’s going to be like when it comes time to come back to work," says one Navy Yard employee.