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Milwaukee native among workers to return to Navy Yard Wednesday

MILWAUKEE (WXOW) – A Milwaukee native, along with other employees, will return to work today at the Navy Yard in Washington.

Matt Leonard says he narrowly escaped the gunman and recalls the horrific scene.  Leonard says he was almost to an elevator to leave the building when he heard three loud bangs. He says he remembers thinking that was unusual and that it didn't sound like gun shots right away.  Leonard said, "Someone from above, because there's this open atrium, started yelling, ‘find a secure area, find a secure area.'" Leonard then escaped outside.

Back in Wisconsin, Leonard's parents in River Hills had no idea their son was working at the Navy Yard on Monday.  His mother learned about it through family emails.

Leonard says, "There were possibly two chances I could have walked into this guy's line of fire and just out of happenstance it didn't happen."  Leonard told his mother that he usually goes out the door that the shooter came in, but this time he decided to go to the side entrance.  Leonard says that if he hadn't gone to a different door, he might have been right in the line of fire.

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