WASHINGTON — A fire alarm went off, as has happened before at the Washington Navy Yard. Terrie Durham wasn't sure if it was anything serious, or a drill.
Then office fire wardens came in and yelled for everyone to get out as fast as possible, and "that's when we started moving," she told CNN affiliate WJLA. She and Todd Brundidge were part of a group that rushed into a hallway toward the exit. Then they saw a man with a rifle.
"We noticed him down the hall and he stepped around the corner and we heard shots," Brundidge told WJLA. What seemed like two or three seconds passed, and then "he aimed his gun at us and then he fired at least two or three shots." The pair provided the first apparent eyewitness account of a suspect they described as a tall African American man accused by authorities of being one of possibly multiple attackers who killed at least 12 people at the heavily secured facility along the Anacostia River not far from the U.S. Capitol and just blocks from where baseball's Washington Nationals play.
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