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Fort Lee Woman Remembers 2009 Shooting at Fort Hood

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FORT LEE, Va. (WRIC) - The shooting at Fort Hood brought back a flood of memories for one Fort Lee woman.

Muffy Patterson was at the base back in 2009 and experienced the deadly shooting rampage. When news broke about Wednesday's shooting at fort hood, her heart broke a little too.

"First you're angry, like what the heck is going on. Not again. And then you just worry and I think right now is you pray for the families."

Patterson's husband is an army chaplain at Fort Lee. But the couple was relocating to fort hood in 2009, when Nidal Hasan opened fire on base, killing 13 and wounding even more.

Patterson and a friend had just rolled onto post, when the gates closed behind her.

"We weren't quite sure what was going on," she says. "We heard all of the sirens and everything. Got a little nervous. Thought it was a drill actually and then as we heard more sirens realized something not so great was happening. Managed to find our way to the first cav. museum and from then we were on lockdown for the next five hours."

The experience left Patterson rattled, but unphased about her safety.

"You can't live in a state of fear. For the most part you're very safe on a military installation. You know the senior leadership does everything they can to protect those people - the civilians and soldiers that are on the installations."

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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