GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)-- Back here in Connecticut the thoughts of many in the southeastern part of the state turned to the submarine base in Groton.
Folks there at the sub base, as well as throughout this community, were on high alert as they watched the shooting unfold down in DC in that navy yard. Most people tell News 8 it's a work place shooting and could happen anywhere but they didn't expect it to happen on a secured base.
"My first thought was it could happen here," said a man.
The man, who did not want us to use his name, was worried about his wife on Monday. She has been a civilian contractor on the submarine base in Groton for more than 25 years. So when the shots started flying in DC his thought went to his wife's workplace.
"If it happened there, it can happen here but I imagine they're going to tighten it up a little bit now," he said.
The sub base has been tightening security there over the years. No one gets through the gates without proper ID and clearance. Shooter AAron Alexis though did have clearance in DC.
"She feels safe though on the base, it's a little tougher to get on," said the man about his wife.
"He was a contractor from there yes and he also was in the service too," said Paul Montgomery, Groton. When asked if he thinks someone could do that in Groton, he said, "Yes, yes I do, yes I do. It's a crying shame that's all."
"I think they'll do what's appropriate. They're very good, their security is very good," said Mark Greenleaf, Clinton.
Mark Greenleaf was also a contractor in Groton. He says there are different levels of security at different buildings on the base.
"There's always risk and the rewards for lower risk is more freedom," said Greenleaf.
Of course the sub base doesn't discuss details about security but after Monday's shooting it did release a statement saying that it maintains appropriate anti-terrorism and force protection measures consistent with known and perceived threats.
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