"scurried under a desk with her supervisor in a nearby cubicle, she said. They stayed there silently as the shots continued.
From that vantage point, the building's open floor plan allowed her to view the fifth floor, where she saw someone moving.
"Get down!" she screamed, emerging from her hiding place....
...crawled to her desk to grab her identification badge and her purse. From there she saw her colleague, Vishnu Pandit.
"He was down."
"We don't want you to go," she told him.
Three security guards arrived. They carried Pandit to an office chair, rolled him to the stairs and strapped him into an evacuation chair used to help disabled people quickly escape.
But it wouldn't roll.
"We lifted, dragged the chair down the stairs."
When they got to the second floor, she said, the security guards' radios came to life: "The shooter was on the first floor," she said. "On the west side."
Exactly where they were heading.
They continued downstairs and escaped through a side door, where she said they found a security guard in an unmarked car.
A gunman was on the loose and the security guard was worried about leaving his post. Still, he took Lavern and Pandit into the car and raced off. They made it off the grounds of the Navy Yard and to a street corner a few blocks away. The security guard needed to get back to his post and asked police who were there to get an ambulance immediately. "....
Apparently, with 4 or 5 guards on duty and employees with an Occupant Emergency Plan
, people called in the wrong building number to 911, administered medical aid while the threat was still active, moved an injured person, lost a guard to enemy fire and lost the guard's gun ( Beretta pistol ) to capture, and one guard abandoned post to get help .
A few questions :
Are the guards federal or contract ? Police or guards ? Why did it take ( according to reports ) maybe 21 minutes before someone called 911 ? Did the guards draw their guns once they knew a killer was on the loose ?
Did the guards have instructions on handling active shooters ?
Were the Berettas carried with a chambered round ?