WASHINGTON — The Washington Navy Yard reopened for normal operations Thursday with returning employees saying they still felt unsettled about the shooting there earlier this week in which a gunman killed 12 people.
Some employees who streamed by the red brick wall of the Navy Yard in the early morning sun said it was too soon for them to talk about the shootings. Others said it will take a while to get past the tragedy.
“I’d rather not be here today,” said Judy Farmer, a scheduler from Manassas, Va.
Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Flaherty said Thursday will be a regular work day, except for Building 197, where the shootings occurred, and the base gym. She said the gym is being used as a staging area for the FBI to investigate Monday’s rampage in which former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis gunned down 12 people before police killed him.
Law enforcement officials are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.
Read more in Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.