A member of the military arrives for work at the front gate of the Washington Naval Yard September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. Yesterday 13 people were shot and killed by a lone gunman during a shooting rampage at the Navy Yard before police killed the gunman. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
By Melanie Eversley and Donna Leinwand Leger, USA TODAY
When the shots rang out at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in Washington on Monday morning, civilian employee Omar Grant let others run for the exits on the first floor of an atrium while he took his visually-impaired friend and co-worker by the arm.
People left behind keys, cellphones and other personal belongings, said Grant, who told USA TODAY he works in network support.
The visually impaired co-worker, identified by Yahoo! News only as Lindwood, did not want to give his last name.
He used a white walking stick.
"It was kind of hectic," Grant told USA TODAY. "Everyone just went."
Grant took Lindwood by the arm and the two walked the four blocks together together from the Navy Yard to the nearby Metro station. He tripped his friend's arm as they negotiated the police barricades and yellow crime scene tape.