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Rollie Chance wrongly identified as Navy Yard shooter

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As crowds gathered today to remember those who lost their lives at the Washington Navy Yard, the tragedy will also have a lasting impact on one Virginia man.

In the midst of the developing news last Monday, NBC and CBS posted tweets incorrectly labeling former Navy Chief Petty Officer Rollie Chance as the possible shooter.

CBS also named him over the radio. It led to retweets from various other news operations and journalists. The outlets ended up retracting their reports and Chance is now calling for an apology.

He says the ordeal has turned his life upside down and terrified his family. "When I leave the house, I'm looking over my shoulder. The biggest thing is, I was afraid my daughter would hear about this without me being around her to explain what's going on. I was afraid my daughter would have found out her daddy was dead when in reality he wasn't because it was a mistake." Chance says he is mourning the loss of several former co-workers killed in the shooting.

However, instead of attending the memorial at the Navy Yard, he chose to stay home with his family, out of the spotlight. Chance is not the first person to be wrongly named a suspect by the media.

Several news organizations settled with Richard Jewell after linking him to the Atlanta Olympics bombing in 1996, and just last year the brother of the shooter in Newtown Connecticut was mistakenly named as the suspect.

Chance says he wants assurances that it will not happen again saying, "Verify before you vilify someone. Check and recheck."

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