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Woman with ties to Northeast Wisconsin saw chaos in Navy Yard shootings

The terrible tragedy in Washington, DC hits home in northeast Wisconsin. An Oconto County families daughter works in the Washington Navy Yard complex where this shooting took place.
 OCONTO COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - The terrible tragedy in Washington, DC hits home in northeast Wisconsin.  An Oconto County families daughter works in the Washington Navy Yard complex where this shooting took place.  We spoke with 49-year-old Valynn Kuhns by phone this afternoon. This retired Marine missed her bus Monday morning and arrived at work late, after the shooting had already begun.

 Just minutes after a gunman opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, Valynn Kuhns arrived at work and witnessed a chaotic scene.

 "I was literally 15 steps away from turning my body and going into the buildings, when people were running out screaming shooter-shooter," said Valynn Kuhns.

 Fire alarms were sounding. Unsure if this was a fire drill, she went across the street to a predestinated spot for that type of emergency.  Then she saw clear evidence that something was very wrong.

 "I saw a lady come out with blood all over her hands like she'd been shot," Kuhns said. "That was when it was like - this is not a fire drill."

 Realizing this was a mass shooting, Valynn and other workers fled to find a safer location.

 While back in Wisconsin in Oconto County, her parents Glen and Letha Seering learned of the shooting on Facebook and immediately grew concerned.

 "You feel helpless," Letha Seering said. "You just hope that she's safe."

 Letha Seering sent a note to her daughter using Facebook messenger.

 "I clicked on her name and wrote, "Are you O-K" and the phone rang," said Mrs. Seering. "She said,  mom just wanted to let you know I'm O-K ...I'll talk to you later."

 And while their daughter is safe, the Seerings ache for the families of those killed.

 "You still feel so sad because there are others that aren't as fortunate as she is," said Mrs. Seering.

 "It's a little scary to think about going back to work," Valynn said. "Walking back through those doors will be difficult."

 When anyone will be allowed back in the building is unknown at this point. Valynn Kuhns has worked in the heavily secured Washington Navy Yard for the last 5 years.

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