A Harford County woman was inside the Navy Yard’s Building 197 when shots rang out -- and then spent a chaotic day trying to re-unite with her family.
Donna Richardson started making the 65-mile trip from Bel Air last week. She heard the shots, but she says at first no one knew what was going on.
“We didn't know until we got outside the building that it was a shooter,” she said.
The first move for Donna and hundreds of other survivors from Building 197 was to the Navy Yard's museum, under armed guard.
Employees are not supposed to bring cell phones into the building -- so there wasn't much information about the incident, or whether they were still in danger.
“It was kind of scary because we heard all kinds of different stories and we weren't sure which ones were true and which ones weren't,” she said.
The Washington Nationals home stadium sits just a few blocks from the Navy Yard. Hundreds of employees were moved to stadium to wait for family members to pick them up, including Richardson.
Her daughter Kayla lives in Laurel; she heard about the shooting on the radio.
“I knew she started a new job and I wasn't exactly sure where it was I didn't have her number there or anything,” she said.
Finally, Donna was able to use a co-worker’s phone to send a Facebook message to her daughter, who drove to the Nationals' stadium. “I felt so bad for her -- she was sitting there all alone. I just want to take her home," she said.
Because she just started Donna says she doesn't know any of the victims, but she spoke with co-workers who do. She'll take Tuesday off before continuing with her new job. “I think it's going to be quite a while before things return to normal around there. Relieved to be finished, to be going home,” she said.
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