ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Employees who work at Emcore two days after a gunman opened firekilling two and injuring several others returned to workvoluntarily Wednesday.
Hong Hou, chief executive officer for Emcore, told KRQE News 13that about 150 out of 400 employees came back to work after RobertReza killed two women Monday morning. Police said he intended tokill Adrienne Basciano, his estranged girlfriend and mother oftheir twin sons.
Michele Jackson who was working the day of the shooting returnedto Emcore to pick up her truck. She said she had left it thereafter running out of the building just as the shooting began.
"You just don't think when you get up in the morning and youcome to work somebody's going to die," said Jackson. "By the secondshot--and it happened pop pop--by the second shot I knew."
She may have saved her co-workers lives. Because of her militaryexperience she recognized the noise was gunfire, and it was rightoutside.
She then heard a co-worker scream: "Call 911."
"I started running out of the building just saying, you know,'Get out. Get out. They're shooting everybody,'" she said. "I said,'Get out, they're shooting.'
"So a lot of people followed me out of the building."
She and the group of her co-workers who followed her ran downEubank Boulevard before police even arrived. She said she'sgrateful to those emergency responders, including those thesecurity guards who secured the area.
Jackson said she spoke to so many people who were nearly hit bybullets.
The first two shots she heard were the ones that killed herfriend, Sharon Cunningham.
"It's just it's just heartbreaking that she was taking suppliesfrom Building 2 back to Building 1 where her office was," Jacksonsaid. "I can't even imagine she left a little girl behind."
She said Cunningham was sweet, helpful and knew her jobwell.
But she wasn't the only victim. The rampage continued as Reza'snext targeted Basciano.
She survived, and is in serious condition at the University ofNew Mexico Hospital.
But Reza didn't stop there. Armed with a semi-automatic pistoland reloading once he then killed Michele "Scrappy" Turner, shotseveral others, and then turned the gun on himself.
Jackson said other co-workers said they'd turned off lights sothat Reza would think nobody was there. She said she spoke to manywho just missed being shot.
"I was running for my life," she said.
The Emcore plant reopens Thursday with grief counselors onhand.
Jackson told News 13 that while the physical wounds may heal,the emotional ones will take longer. Still, the tragedy could'vebeen much worse, she said.
"I believe we had angels protecting us," said Jackson. "Becausefor only two people to have passed away with 21 shots fired, that'sa miracle."
Services for Cunningham, 47, will be Friday at French LomasChapel. There will be visitation at 4 p.m. and the rosary at 7 p.m.A funeral Mass is to be scheduled later.
Turner, 36, will be remembered also on Friday at St. CharlesBorromeo Catholic Church. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. Therewill be a rosary at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30a.m.
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