Civilian worker stayed in Navy Yard building with gunman to aid wounded colleague

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stories of heroism continue to emerge from Monday’s deadly rampage at the Washington Navy Yard.

Civilian worker Bertillia Lavern says she recognized the sound of gunshots when the bangs kept coming.

Before taking the job, Bertillia was a Navy medical specialist and had been on training operations with the Marines.

She says she hid under a desk with a supervisor and remained quiet while the shots kept coming.

Her plan was to leave the building until she discovered a colleague — Vishnu Pandit — had been shot in the head. She said his pulse was strong.

She stayed with him, encouraging him and attempting to stem the bleeding. The supervisor summoned three security guards who dragged Pandit down the stairs in an evacuation chair that wouldn’t roll. He was ferried in a security car outside the base and then taken by ambulance to a hospital. He was dead upon arrival.

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312-a-04-(Bertillia Lavern, civilian employee, Naval Sea Systems headquarters, in AP interview)-”he was down”-Naval Sea Systems civilian employee Bertillia Lavern says as she prepared to run out of the office, she saw co-worker Vishnu Pandit had been shot in his left temple. ((refers to Pandit by his nickname “Kisan”)) ((note sound quality)) (19 Sep 2013)

<<CUT *312 (09/19/13)££ 00:04 “he was down”

315-a-12-(Bertillia Lavern, civilian employee, Naval Sea Systems headquarters, in AP interview)-”we were at”-Naval Sea Systems civilian employee Bertillia Lavern says she and her supervisor Andy Kelly strapped wounded co-worker Vishnu Pandit into a chair and dragged the chair down four flights of stairs. ((note sound quality)) (19 Sep 2013)

<<CUT *315 (09/19/13)££ 00:12 “we were at”

311-a-15-(Bertillia Lavern, civilian employee, Naval Sea Systems headquarters, in AP interview)-”what it was”-Naval Sea Systems civilian employee Bertillia Lavern says shortly after the sound of the first bang Monday morning, she realized shots were being fired. (19 Sep 2013)

<<CUT *311 (09/19/13)££ 00:15 “what it was”

313-a-08-(Bertillia Lavern, civilian employee, Naval Sea Systems headquarters, in AP interview)-”needed help now”-Naval Sea Systems civilian employee Bertillia Lavern says she felt wounded co-worker Vishnu Pandit breathe and told her supervisor Andy Kelly that they needed to get medical assistance. ((note sound quality)) (19 Sep 2013)

<<CUT *313 (09/19/13)££ 00:08 “needed help now”

314-a-14-(Bertillia Lavern, civilian employee, Naval Sea Systems headquarters, in AP interview)-”him to go”-Naval Sea Systems civilian employee Bertillia Lavern says she tried to comfort her wounded co-worker Vishnu Pandit. ((note sound quality)) (19 Sep 2013)

<<CUT *314 (09/19/13)££ 00:14 “him to go”

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