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Armed men stand guard outside Virginia Beach Recruitment Center

Posted at 11:26 PM, Jul 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-24 07:45:02-04

Virginia Beach, V.a.  - Three men, armed with guns, stationed themselves outside of the Military Recruitment Center on Independence Blvd in Virginia Beach Thursday morning.  A change of scenery for those who work at the Pembroke Office Park.

"Driving through the parking lot, I saw a couple of gentlemen armed and I stopped and asked them what they were doing and they said they were protecting the office," said a nearby employee. "I asked if they were hired to do this? Are you civilians? They said no, we just decided a coalition of us got together and decided that we needed to come and protect this office and some of them had military back grounds some others were civilians."

Some  people who work in the complex, posted pictures of the men online commending their actions, but some people saw the men's guns as threatening.

"I think maybe they are looking for attention I don't look for attention myself," said Justin Johnson. "I could see where it could be somewhat threatening to some people. "

NewsChannel 3 reached out to the Public Affairs Office for the Virginia Beach recruiting center, Sergeant Aaron Diamant with Recruiting Station Richmond said on the phone Thursday that the military does appreciate the support of the community, however, they are not asking for people to bring their weapons to their offices.

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