A Lakeland mother spent Monday glued to her television while waiting for updates about her son-in-law who works in the Washington Navy Yard where a gunman killed more than a dozen people.
Gale Carpentier said even after she heard her son-in-law, Justin Watson, was OK she still had trouble holding back tears.
"Because I'm a mom," Carpentier said as she started to cry. "I got grandkids. They're not here, so it's like you want to be there to be able to help them, hold them."
Carpentier said she was relieved when she finally spoke to Justin, who works a few blocks away from the Naval Sea Systems Headquarters, the site of the shooting.
"I'm better. A lot better," she said. "How can people do this and we're supposed to be so secure? It makes no sense at all."
As Carpentier talked with Fox 13 News early Monday evening, she called Justin, who spoke about what was going on at the time.
"Right now, we're on lockdown ... it's been pretty tense trying to figure out what's going on," he said. "We're just getting periodic updates and the last update we got was that the Base Police will come by and clear each building, escort the people down to another building to be debriefed."
Justin said he couldn't believe someone was able to get into that particular building.
"That's one of the most secure buildings on here, so I'm still trying to fathom how that occurs," he said.
Carpentier said her son-in-law finally got home at around 9 after the lockdown was lifted a short time earlier, but he and his co-workers were told to leave their vehicles behind.
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