As people were dodging bullets and 12 people eventually died at the United States Navy Yard shootings in Washington D.C., an Inver Grove Heights man waited for word from his wife who was working on the grounds, just three buildings away from Monday’s tragedy.
Eric Fung was reunited with his wife, Lt. Ann Dingle, a fellow Minnesota native, late Monday night. But both watched the horror of Monday’s mass shootings unfold on the Internet, and could only watch, according to a report filed by Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE 11 Monday night.
Dingle received an e-mail from Navy supervisors that she should remain in her building around 8:30 a.m. EDT Monday. She was instructed to “stay away from any windows.”
The lieutenant is a member of the Judge Adjutant General corps, based in Washington, D.C.
She would later find out that 12 people, including an alleged gunman, were killed after a rampage unfolded within the Navy Yard perimeter.
Dingle was cleared after hours of investigation on the grounds, and eventually picked up by her husband after being bused to a rendezvous point.
Dingle told KARE she “thought about her son,” and also thought about “all the people who won’t be coming home to their families tonight. It’s very hard.”