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Oconto County native steps away from D.C. Navy Yard massacre

A helicopter pulls up an apparent shooting victim as it hovers over a rooftop on the Washington Navy Yard campus in Washington, September 16
A helicopter pulls up an apparent shooting victim as it hovers over a rooftop on the Washington Navy Yard campus in Washington, September 16

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - A northeast Wisconsin woman was just steps away from the Washington Navy Yard, when former reservist Aaron Alexis opened fire and killed a dozen people before he was shot dead.  

Valynn Kuhns, a native of Oconto County, was heading to work Monday morning when she missed a bus and got to the office late -- after the shooting began.  

The 49-year-old Kuhns said she was literally 15 steps from entering the complex when people were running out and screaming "shooter, shooter."  She told WFRV-TV in Green Bay that once she realized the massacre was for real, she and other workers scrambled to safer ground. 

Kuhns' parents, Glen and Letha Seering, told the TV station they were immediately concerned once they heard of the incident.  

Letha said she contacted her daughter on Facebook, and she immediately called to say she was okay. 

Kuhns has worked in the Washington Navy Yard for about five years. Now, she says it's scary just to think about going back to work. 

It was not immediately known when the offices would re-open. Kuhns has been told it won't be Tuesday.

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