A U.S. Park Police helicopter with a person in the rescue basket, flies over a building at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. At least one gunman opened fire inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Bellavia: Navy Yard Very Secure
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Decorated Iraqi War veteran David Bellavia has spent some time in Washington's Navy Yard, scene of Monday's mass shooting. He says it's a very secure place.
"If you look at where your chief of naval operations is, it's the equivalent of a five star general, he lives there, NCIS is based there, a lot of the research is based there too," says Bellavia. "There's no armory per se that you could go into the armory and check it out. If in the case someone went rogue and used their weapon in the yard, chances are that would have been done in the checkpoint."
Bellavia says the checkpoint is lengthy, and was that way before 9/11. "Every single time I went there, it's like TSA, with metal security, checking your pockets, attache, laptops," says Bellavia. But he says there's a possibility a long time veteran could go without being checked compared to a complete stranger.