Tri-State connection to Washington Navy Yard shooting

Pagen and Nathan Mueller

Shots rang out shortly after 8 a.m. at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday.

Quincy-native Nathan Mueller and his family live in Triangle, Virginia, about 30 miles from the Navy Yard. He works two buildings away from where the shots were fired and had just arrived to his office this morning when the incident occurred.

KHQA spoke with his wife Pagen Mueller early Monday afternoon about the incident. To hear her full interview, watch the video above or click here.

According to Pagen, Nathan was safe and in his office amidst a building lockdown througout the morning.

Around 4:30 on Monday, KHQA spoke with Nathan who was being evacuated from the building and taken by bus to an off-site location. He said the atmosphere was 'controlled chaos' throughout the morning. He was not allowed access to his car and would be unable to drive home.

Nathan estimates that there are about 3,000 people who work in the Navy Yard. He said he believes the shooting suspect killed at the scene was an employee in one of the Navy Yard's buildings.

Pagen Mueller says she calls her husband every morning around 8:30 to check and see if he made it to work. Monday morning, Pagen was unaware of the incident until Nathan told her over the phone during their daily call.

Pagen described the area of the Navy Yard as a very busy place on a typical morning, but that it had become somewhat of a 'ghost town' throughout the rest of the day. She says security around the building is normally very tight and she was shocked the incident occurred.

The Muellers re-located to the Washington area in February of 2013 after being previously stationed in Hawaii.

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