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A northeast Wisconsin woman was just steps away from the Washington Navy Yard, when former reservist Aaron Alexis opened fire and killed a dozen people before he was shot dead.


Valynn Kuhns, a native of Oconto County, was heading to work Monday morning when she missed a bus and got to the office late -- after the shooting began. The 49-year-old Kuhns said she was literally 15 steps from entering the complex when people were running out and screaming "shooter, shooter."

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Steve Dzubay
Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer since 1995. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.
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