Jennifer Bennett | Speaks at Regent University

Jennifer Bennett - Navy Yard Shooting

Regent University School of Business & Leadership alumna Jennifer Bennett woke up the morning of September 16, 2013, like she had all her life: already in prayer, with a hymn caught in her head.

She came into Building 197 of the Washington Navy Yard, where she worked as a government employee, under a tight deadline.

“I was ‘under the gun,’ so to speak,” she said, wry humor in her voice. She does this when she looks back on the day, frequently saying things like “just shoot me” to her colleagues.

“Then I’ll say, ‘Oh, they’ve already done that. I guess we can move on,’” said Bennett.

Bennett was one of 3,000 employees reporting for work on the day of the tragic Washington Navy Yard shooting, when a rogue gunman injured three and killed 12.

“Around 8:10 a.m. I heard, ‘pop, pop, pop!’ a couple of seconds later, another ‘pop, pop, pop!’”

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