CALDWELL - As the nation waited for answers about a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., one Caldwell mother was waiting to find out about her daughter.
Angie Bautista's daughter is Chief Petty Officer Teresa Llines-Bautista, who works at the Navy Yard and was there Monday. She is safe.
Naval officer's mother: I heard about where Teresa works, and I said, 'Oh my God!'
Llines-Bautista's mother, Angie Bautista, told KTVB that like many, she had to rely on the news for any information early on because she couldn't call her daughter at the Navy Yard.
After a bit, another of Angie Bautista's nine total children was able to get in touch with Llines-Bautista's husband on the phone. He told them the Navy Yard was locked down.
He said 'We don't know yet what's going to happen, because they lock them out right away because they're looking for more suspects,' Angie Bautista said. But she's okay. Tell your mom not to worry, that she's okay.
Three of Angie Bautista's daughters, including Llines-Bautista, have served in the Navy, and several of her grandchildren are also in the military. With that, she says she's dealt with plenty of tense moments when they're overseas.
It's kind of stressful, but I support them all the way, Angie Bautista said.
Bautista's daughter called in safe Monday afternoon
Though she's endured those times in the past, Monday's shooting on American soil was something she never expected to be so close to.
I told my son-in-law, tell her to call me as soon as she gets home, because I want to hear her voice, Angie Bautista said.
Her daughter called and left a message on Monday afternoon as she was going to the train to get home from work. Angie Bautista said the police weren't letting Navy Yard employees take their cars home.
U.S. Senator Jim Risch arrived in Washington, D.C. shortly after shooting
U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) was on his way to Washington, D.C. when the shooting happened. By the time he got to town, he says the streets were very quiet, with many buildings closed or locked down.
The streets are less occupied than usual, frequently when these things happen, Risch told KTVB over the phone. What they will do is lock down buildings so you can't get in. As a result of that, people can't go back to work, and so a lot of people go home. The metropolitan area takes on a whole different feel when something like this happens. At first it's very edgy, and then after that, it becomes an unnatural calm because people have either sheltered in place or gone home.
The capitol is about a mile and a half away from the Navy Yard. Staffers and lawmakers were locked down for hours during the afternoon and Senate debate and votes were canceled for the day.
They do shut down the Senate and the House and all the facilities on Capitol Hill whenever this happens because nobody knows exactly where it's going to go, Risch continued. Its kinda like 9/11 where the two buildings in New York were hit and the next thing that happened was the Pentagon was hit shortly there after. You never know where these things are going to lead to.
U.S. Senator Crapo responds to the mass shooting via email
U.S. Senator Mike Crapo responded to the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard with the following statement on Monday afternoon:
Today has been a tragic day for military and civilian workers in our nation s capital, and for many in Washington, just a week after the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a day that has brought back horrible memories of that day 12 years ago. While my staff and I have not appeared to be in any immediate danger, we have taken the proper precautions and have remained vigilant as we monitored the events taking place in the Washington Navy Yard-a mile and half from the U.S. Capitol Building. Enough cannot be said for the heroic job of the Washington, D.C., first responders who have gone above-and-beyond in the line of duty. My thoughts and prayers go out to the individuals who lost their lives and their families. We give thanks for the victims who survived this senseless attack and continue to pray for their speedy recovery. With one shooter believed to still be at large, safety will continue to be a top priority, as we hope for the quick conclusion of this tragic event.