'Active shooter' drill prompts lockdown at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

'Active shooter' drill prompts lockdown at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

The Naval Support Activity Bethesda said at 2:55 p.m. that base security had cleared the basement of a building where the report of an active shooter had originated.

"First responders are on scene and initial reports indicate there are no signs of an active shooter", local authorities have announced.

"Around 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 27, a call came into security at NSA Bethesda with the report of an active shooter situation in the basement of Bldg".

The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is seen on May 14 in Bethesda, Maryland. "I am now safe in a conference room w/ approx 40 others", Ruppersberger tweeted.

NASB spokesman Jeremy Brooks says there was no drill at the Maryland base Tuesday and they were still trying to determine the origin of the report. Law enforcement, like the Montgomery County Police, treated the situation as a real active shooter scenario and closed down the hospital. They asserted that there was 'no indication so far of an active shooter'.

The Montgomery County Police Department also responded to the call, sending units after a request for assistance in what seemed like a legitimate report of an active shooter, spokeswoman Lucille Baur said. Military officials then clarified the scare was a training exercise gone awry. Described mood as calm.

The tweet said the congressman has "not been given any additional details but does not believe this to be a drill". The entirety of the medical campus was placed on lockdown, with no one allowed in or out until the facility had been cleared. "We are the Nation's Medical Center", its profile reads.

"While preparing for an upcoming drill, the notification system was inadvertently enacted without containing the words "EXERCISE" or 'DRILL, '" the U.S. Navy Twitter account said. On Tuesday, an active shooter alert was sent out, asking people to shelter in place. Stay with FOX 5 for updates. "Haven't heard shots yet".

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