Possible active shooter reported at Walter Reed hospital

Possible active shooter reported at Walter Reed hospital

Possible active shooter reported at Walter Reed hospital

"If today's active shooter investigation at Walter Reed Medical Center was a drill, I clearly did not get the memo and neither did the other people who were told to shelter in place with me, nor did Montgomery County Police and other agencies", he tweeted.

Sources told Newsweek that there were reports of an active shooter in building 19, also known as America building, which is located in the main hospital. Security responded and cleared the building, finding no indication of an active shooter, NSA Bethesda said. The all clear was given at 3:20 p.m., and the base was reopened at 3:39.

NSAB is charged with operational support of Walter Reed and dozens of other nearby facilities.

People at the medical center, including a USA congressman, sheltered in place for at least 30 minutes, while the base urged others to find cover inside vehicles or buildings as a precaution. "I am now safe in a conference room w/ approx 40 others", Ruppersberger tweeted out.

Additionally, employees at the hospital also reported on social media about receiving notifications of an active shooter situation.

Naval Support Activity Bethesda spokesman Jeremy Brooks said officials at the Maryland base were looking into what caused the report.

"Has not been given any additional details but does not believe this to be a drill".

Military police tweeted an alert about 2:15 p.m. of a possible active shooter and were searching through buildings, and calling in the Montgomery County Police to help.

The next tweet reported, "There is a report of an active shooter in the Bldg". The post urged people in the area to stay away or find the nearest structure, building or vehicle that "provides a measure of protection". Husband and two kids locked down. "We are the Nation's Medical Center", its profile reads. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland says he and about 40 other people are in a conference room at the hospital. "Haven't heard shots yet".

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