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USA: "It could have easily been me" - says Washington Navy Yard commander00:41

USA: "It could have easily been me" - says Washington Navy Yard commander

United States, shooting, Washington DC, Washington Navy Yard
September 16, 2013 at 16:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: "It could have easily been me" - says Washington Navy Yard commander

Timothy Jirus, a Commander in the United States Navy, spoke about his experience inside the Washington Navy Yard in Washington during the shooting on Monday.

He said: "So that gentleman that came out from the back of the border building, standing next to me, talking to me. I heard two shots in the alley way and he drops in front of me and I take off after that."

He added: "So, seeing somebody die in front of you here, where you work at, is more of a relationship of you talking to God or you realising just how fragile life is. And how random it is and how quickly you are here and you are not. Because it could have easily been me, the guy who got hit, who was standing next to me."

Up to three shooters in military-style fatigues killed at least six people in a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC Monday, police said. Police have confirmed that one shooter is dead.

The exact number of shooters is still unclear, as is the precise number of victims. A witness described one of the possible shooters as a white male wearing a khaki tan military uniform and a beret while carrying a handgun. She said police are also looking for what may be an African-American male of about 50 years old, wearing an olive military-style uniform, and carrying a "long gun."

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USA: "It could have easily been me" - says Washington Navy Yard commander

Timothy Jirus, a Commander in the United States Navy, spoke about his experience inside the Washington Navy Yard in Washington during the shooting on Monday.

He said: "So that gentleman that came out from the back of the border building, standing next to me, talking to me. I heard two shots in the alley way and he drops in front of me and I take off after that."

He added: "So, seeing somebody die in front of you here, where you work at, is more of a relationship of you talking to God or you realising just how fragile life is. And how random it is and how quickly you are here and you are not. Because it could have easily been me, the guy who got hit, who was standing next to me."

Up to three shooters in military-style fatigues killed at least six people in a rampage at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC Monday, police said. Police have confirmed that one shooter is dead.

The exact number of shooters is still unclear, as is the precise number of victims. A witness described one of the possible shooters as a white male wearing a khaki tan military uniform and a beret while carrying a handgun. She said police are also looking for what may be an African-American male of about 50 years old, wearing an olive military-style uniform, and carrying a "long gun."