The Manassas volunteer fire chief heard the warnings about a gunman and saw the fear first hand while spending a few days working at Fort Hood.
Matt Lausch was helping install a mass notification system on the base when he and some of his co-workers received text alerts to shelter in place. They spent several hours on lockdown in a jobsite work trailer.
Some continued working while others watched the situation unfold on television and tried to stay connected on social media.
“Initially it was a little unsettling, but as we got additional information from the reports that the news was broadcasting, it kind of de-escalated over time,” Lausch said.
Lausch said the shooting was a reminder of the importance of the work he was there to do.