TIJERAS, N.M. (KRQE) - The Washington, D.C., Navy Yard shooting hit close to home for a couple in the Albuquerque area as their daughter and son-in-law were near the chaos and close to the line of fire.
Showing pictures of their daughter, Morgan, and son-in-law, Brett, Jim and Brenda Herman smile with pride.
“We're just really grateful they're together,” said Brenda.
But the Hermans are also relieved after waking up this morning to a phone call from their daughter in Washington, D.C.
“I had tears, of course, is what most moms do,” said Brenda.
Jim and Brenda's daughter, Morgan Daniels, and her husband, Brett Daniels, were in the Navy Yard on Monday morning when the sound of gunfire filled the air. Moments later, Morgan called her parents at their home in Tijeras, N.M.
“She told me, ‘Mom, I don't want you to be worried because there's been a shooting at the Naval shipyard and it's on Brett's floor and the floor above,’” said Brenda.
Brett was working on the third floor of the building where the shooting happened, just one floor below where the shooter was firing.
“A couple of my co-workers came through the door. They were in a meeting where they heard what they assumed to be gunshots,” said Brett Daniels in a phone interview with News 13 on Monday evening.
Daniels says the building was then locked down and he called his wife immediately.
“Just gave her a quick call, told her I was OK at least for that time frame. Told her not to come down to the Navy Yard,” said Daniels.
He managed to make it out OK, but knew something was terribly wrong.
“Once you see the cops outside with their guns drawn, pointed up in the windows and such, you realize it wasn't a drill,” said Daniels.
Although Daniels says he’s OK, the situation is now sinking it for his entire family.
Brenda and Jim Herman say they are thankful Brett got out because he was so close to the tragedy.
“It makes me appreciate what I have in life - my family, the fact that I can sit here with my wife tonight and tell her I love her,” said Brett.
The Navy has not yet released the names of the victims in the shooting, however, Brett says he’s fearful that at least one of his co-workers was killed. The yard has been closed for all workers Tuesday.
Both Brett and Morgan have been working in the Navy shipyard for the last few years on various jobs to help build a new Navy Destroyer ship.
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