A Rockford area family breathes a sigh of relief knowing a loved one in D.C. is not among the lives lost at the mass shooting at a Navy yard in the nation's capitol.
Kelly Hodge played messenger Monday, sending word from her uncle, on lock down at that Navy yard in D.C. to the rest of the family, letting them know he's safe.
"Around 8:43 he texted me saying, I am okay, please tell your mom, I've been rescued by SWAT and I'm on lock down."
The sequence of messages between Kelly and retired Naval Officer Bob Moore looked like this:
"I am OK. Lots of police, SWAT and helicopters. Three shooters four shot."
Kelly responded with questions, then began filling in her family about the situation including her mother, Moore's sister in Crete, Illinois.
Moore then updated Kelly periodically about the lock down he was in. He was at his desk, unable to leave, restricted to communicating through e-mail and text messages.
In another message, Moore indicates he wouldn't leave his desk if he could, out of fear.
"Every little text, every minute waiting to hear and make sure he's okay and see if he knows anything else," said Kelly.
Those minutes are excruciating for Moore's long-distance family. Hodge says at one point more than two hours passed as she waited for an update from her uncle.
"When he said he was okay at 9, at 8:43 and then not to hear from him for two hours I worried how close he was to the actual shootings, none of us know what he saw."
At last check, plans were being made for those on lock down to walk to another building where they'd be debriefed. Then they were told they'd have to walk off the base even if they drove.
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