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CT lieutenant reflects on DC Navy Yard shooting

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Monday's shooting at the Washington Naval Yard, where at least 13 people were killed, brought back memories of other mass shootings for many people in Connecticut. The shooting also affected Bradley International Airport and Sub Base in Groton.

The Sub Base in Groton is considered the first in the country and is home to nearly 10,000 active duty, reserve and civilian members of the United States Navy.

Although Groton Sub Base officials can't comment on any heightened security, Eyewitness News was told Monday they maintain the appropriate enforcement and protection measures consistent with any known threats.

Eyewitness News talked with a lieutenant, who was on the Groton Sub Base, when the news broke Monday.

"It's incredible, I'm still in shock. I never expect it to happen somewhere where it's so heavily guarded, in Washington, DC, and a Navy base," said Lt. A.J. Walker. "I've been to the facility many, many times. It's like a mall atrium. It could be anyone. It's shocking."

Bradley International Airport had an incoming flight delayed from Reagan International Monday morning because of the shootings.

The Army National Guard said there was no increased threat level or security concerns in Connecticut.

State police were briefed as well, but not asked to assist.

The Department of Emergency Services as well as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office called the attacks an isolated incident contained to our nation's capital with no threat to Connecticut.

In response to a proclamation made by the president, Malloy issued all the United States and Connecticut flags be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Friday. 

"Our hearts go out to everyone who was affected by this morning's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard," said Malloy in a statement Monday. "On behalf of the people of Connecticut, we offer our deepest condolences and will keep the victims of this senseless tragedy in our thoughts and prayers."

Connecticut congressmen and women thanked the first responders for their efforts on Monday.

"In Newtown and Washington, DC, in Blacksburg and in Hartford, in Aurora and Chicago, and in every city and town that has been torn apart by the epidemic of gun violence - we are united in grief, in sympathy, and in our heartfelt prayers," said U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, CT-5.

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, CT-2, called the Washington Navy Yard a "historic base" and said he was "sickened" as well as "heartbroken" by the news.

"The full resources of our law enforcement should be brought to bear to ensure that all guilty parties are brought to justice, and to examine why this horrific event happened," Courtney said in a statement Monday. "After so many tragic mass shootings in recent years, including Newtown, I hope that we can renew our efforts to understand the causes of these crimes, and take necessary steps to prevent them. The brave men and women of the Navy Yard who experienced tragedy today deserve answers and action."

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