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Local naval employee watches Washington Naval Yard chaos from hotel window

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(WMC-TV) - A longtime Covington civilian naval employee found herself with a bird's eye view of the shooting at the Washington DC Naval Yard Monday.

Robin Gaines is celebrating her 29th anniversary of naval service. It is an anniversary she will never forget.

Gaines was staying at Courtyard Marriot in Washington, D.C. when the gunfire erupted. She was about to head to a meeting at the Washington Naval Yard when she noticed helicopters flying high in the sky.

"As I was sitting outside with my coffee this morning, I started hearing shots. They were quite muffled, so I thought they were coming from a bad neighborhood. It's not too far from here," Gaines said.

Gaines says that it if it was not for one thing that made her late, she could have been in the line of fire.

"The only thing that held me from the meeting on the navy yard earlier was my iron didn't work in the hotel room," she explained. "I had to wait for housekeeping to bring me another iron."

Shortly after hearing gunshots, Gaines immediately noticed large numbers of police and first responders making their way around her hotel.

Just one block away, M Street was completely shut down.

"As I was going down the street, cops were blocking the street as I was coming to them. I still had no clue what was going on," she said.

When she drove back to her hotel, Gaines was immediately rushed upstairs to her room and placed on lockdown.

All she could do was watch as helicopters lifted people to safety from the naval yard.

"One gentleman injured got out of the navy yard and unfortunately passed away outside the hotel. He didn't make it with his injuries," she said.

Robin Gaines says the lockdown was lifted on her hotel Monday afternoon. She says a portion of M Street was also reopened.

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