September 17th, 2013
12:22 PM ET

Navy Yard Shooting: The Survivors

More questions than answers, that's what two survivors tell CNN's Chris Cuomo they're left with after Monday's shooting at Washington's Navy Yard.

Witnesses of the shooting spree say the obvious, this is a day they'll never forget.

Steve Sikora, an IT specialist in Building 197, says he crossed paths with the shooter, Aaron Alexis, while taking a work break outside the office, on a walk he doesn't normally take. 

CUOMO: And why did you notice him?

SIKORA: It just, how fast he went around the corner and went into the building. The way he was dressed, he stuck out not like anybody who should have been there.You ever notice how you walk real fast to a direction when you're intent on doing something? It just seemed that way.

Moments later, Alexis opened fire inside the building.

Dr. Janis Orlowski, chief  medical officer of MedStar Washington Hospital, where three of the injured remain hospitalized, also shares an amazing survival story of a woman who was shot by Aaron Alexis but is now recovering:

"A young woman said she had gotten underneath her desk, and the shooter came by and she held her hand up and the tip of her finger, and the bullet actually went into her scalp right behind her right ear and thankfully it sort of hit the bone and bounced off and she’s an extremely lucky young lady."


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  1. martina

    I read Alexis was a Budhist. Not such a peaceful religion after all !!! Nobody would be shocked if he said he ws Catholic or Protestant or Muslim though.

    September 18, 2013 at 7:30 am | Reply

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