Joshua Morgan’s mother safe after Navy Yard shooting

September 16, 2013

For a time on Monday morning, wide receiver Joshua Morgan said he was unable to reach his mother, who works at Washington’s Navy Yard.  (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Washington Redskins wide receiver Joshua Morgan endured some harrowing moments Monday morning when he was unable to reach his mother, who works at the Navy Yard building on the same floor where a shooting rampage claimed the lives of at least four victims, according to police.

Morgan was among the few players to make an appearance during the open locker room session at Redskins Park the morning after the team’s 38-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field.

The former high school star at H.D. Woodson and sixth-round pick from Virginia Tech eventually did get confirmation through a tweet from his cousin that his mother was safe. Morgan, through a Redskins spokesperson, confirmed the tweet had come from his cousin’s account.

“I called her like 30 times,” Morgan said shortly before learning his mother was okay. “Nobody has been able to get in contact with her, none of my family members, so I’m just praying and hoping everything is okay.”

● Related: Morgan cherishes the close ties he keeps to hometown of Washington

Morgan, drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2008, said his godmother works at the building adjacent to where the shooting took place but was accounted for following the incident involving at least three shooters that began to unfold around 8:15 a.m.

D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier said during a mid-day news conference one of the suspected shooters was dead, and authorities were searching for other possible suspects wearing military-style clothing.

Morgan also was a member of the Hokies football team when a mass shooting took place on Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg, Va. on April 7, 2007. Virginia Tech senior Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 and wounded 17 in two attacks before committing suicide.

The massacre was the deadliest shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history.

“Unfortunately it’s not the first time,” Morgan said of fearing for his or his mother’s safety. “It happened in 9-11 when she was at the Pentagon. It happened to me when I was at Virginia Tech, the shooting down there. Kind of all too familiar with it unfortunately, I’m just praying for the best and hoping to hear from her soon.”

Morgan said at the time he had not informed Redskins officials or teammates about his mother working at the Navy Yard.

“I try not to tell too much about my personal business,” he said. “I don’t even think they know she’s down there. I haven’t talked to any of the coaches.”

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What’s ahead:

● Mike Shanahan speaks with reporters at 3 p.m.

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Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.
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