Authorities Responding To Reports Of An Active Shooter At Andrews Air Force Base Outside Washington
UPDATE: 12:35PM – According to the Associated Press, reports of an active shooter at a military post outside Washington stemmed from someone who made a distress call after seeing security forces doing a routine inspection.
The confusion was heightened by a planned active shooter drill at Joint Base Andrews that had not yet begun and was planned for later in the morning. The base said in a Facebook post Thursday that there was no shooter and no threat to the base or workers there, the AP said.
The base had been placed on lockdown after an active shooter was reported. The base is home to Air Force One and is about 20 miles from Washington.
UPDATE: 10:55AM- The Associated Press is reporting that the lockdown has been lifted at Joint Base Andrews, except for the medical building where an active shooter was reported.
Joint Base Andrews said in a tweet Thursday morning that the all-clear was given for the base except for the medical building. The base did not say why the building remained on lockdown, the AP said.
A law enforcement official says no active shooter was found at a military post outside Washington.
The law enforcement official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity, according to the Associated Press.
The base had been placed on lockdown after an active shooter was reported. The base is home to Air Force One and is about 20 miles from Washington, the AP said.
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According to a report from the Associated Press, first responders are trying to secure the scene of an active shooter report at Joint Base Andrews near Washington DC.
Joint Base Andrews, which is about 20 miles outside the nation’s capital and is home to Air Force One, said in a tweet Thursday that the base is reacting to the active shooter report to ensure the safety of all personnel, the Associated Press said.
JBA is currently on lockdown due to a report of an active shooter. All personnel are directed to shelter in place. More info as it comes.
— Joint Base Andrews (@JBA_NAFW) June 30, 2016
It was not immediately clear if any shots were fired or if anyone was wounded. Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says there is an “unfolding situation” at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland but is providing no further details, the AP said.
More information will be released as it becomes available. — Joint Base Andrews (@JBA_NAFW) June 30, 2016
According to the Associated Press, an employee at a medical facility at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington says an active-shooter drill had been planned for the base, but officials later told workers it was a “real-world” situation.