Updated: 09/17/2013 1:54 PM
Created: 09/16/2013 11:35 AM KSTP.com
By: Maricella Miranda
Burnsville resident and retired Navy Commander Dave Hutton is a frequent visitor to the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. After retiring from the Navy, Hutton went to work for Command Strategies, LLC, a D.C.-based consulting firm. When he heard the news of Monday's shooting he was "shocked."
Hutton immediately began calling, texting and emailing friends and business associates who work in the building to check on their well being. He says their stories told of frightening moments when the gunfire started. "One of the colleagues that I work with, she and her colleagues actually went out of the building to the back and climbed over the wall into the Washington Nationals ballpark and camped out there," Hutton said.
His friends all made it out OK, but he says, "I certainly feel for all those who didn't make it." Security is tight at the facility, according to Hutton, who says he has to have an escort in some parts of the building because of the top secret security clearance needed in certain areas.
Hutton will travel back to the Navy Yard in the coming weeks for business and expects the security to be at post 9-11 type levels while the details of the shooting are sorted out.
As of Monday morning, it was unclear if Minnesotans are stationed at the Navy Yard, said Petty Officer First Class Porter Anderson, of the Navy Recruiting District in Minneapolis. However, he said the investigation is ongoing.
Anderson said the Navy Yard also has a large group of civilian contractors working there, too. Those contractors could be people working in roles like administration and construction.
Navy offices - including those in Minnesota - have heightened security Monday following the shooting, Anderson said. Local recruiters will be more aware and perceptive of their surroundings, he said.
Whether Minnesotans are at the Navy Yard will be difficult to immediately determine, Anderson said. Information about a Navy recruit's hometown is considered personal information. Recruits are not necessarily grouped together according to the states where they were recruited, he said.
A person's hometown is not easily accessible to the public.
The U.S. Navy says family members looking for information about their loved ones at the scene can call 202-433-6151 or 202-433-9713.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.