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Three Injured In Navy Yard Shooting Expected To Survive

Three victims of the Navy Yard shootings were treated for gunshot wounds at Washington Hospital Center and are expected to survive.

Dr. Janis Orlowski, the chief medical officer at the hospital, said that all three victims were alert and able to communicate with staff and authorities investigating the shooting when they arrived at Washington Hospital Center.

"The police officer when he came in... he was most concerned about being able to talk to his mother. And wanted to make sure that he was able to speak to her before he went into surgery. You know... you always have to take care of mom," she said.

The officer underwent several hours of surgery for gunshot wounds to both legs. One female civilian also underwent surgery for a wound to the shoulder, while the third victim, also a female civilian, did not need an operation.

"She's a very, very lucky young lady. She had an injury to her hand and her head. But the bullet did not actually penetrate the skull. It did not penetrate the bone," commented Orlowski.

Orlowski became emotional several times during her talk with reporters, but none more so than when she urged leaders to stop gun violence—though she added she did not want to wade into the ongoing political saga on gun control.

"I grew up in a time when people were mad at each other, they put up their fists up and they hit each other. For some reason now people have gone from fists, to knives... to guns," she said.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus visited the wounded Navy Yard workers at the hospital yesterday, and called the attack a horrible blow to the whole Navy family.

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