Navy: Drill, not active shooter at Walter Reed hospital

A welcome sign at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland.      On Nov. 27 2018 it was reported that police are investigating a possible active shooter at the Walter Reed Military hospital

Officials said Tuesday afternoon that there was no active shooter at Walter Reed Medical Center and that reports of a gunman were part of a training drill.

Police reported an active shooter at Walter Reed veteran's hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Audricia Harris told CNN just after 3:15 p.m. ET Tuesday that the situation at Walter Reed was an exercise.

The all clear was given a few minutes later.

Rep. Ruppersberger told his staff that the mood inside was "calm" and that he did not believe this was a drill.

Initial reports came from the basement of building 19, which was cleared first while the facility remained on lockdown, according to Naval Support Activity Bethesda.

They said on further investigation, they determined that the improper use of the system was the root cause and secured from the active-shooter response.

The Navy tweeted that there was no active shooter at the base, but an "ad hoc drill by tenant command".

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The Navy later confirmed the incident was a drill.

Earlier in the day, NSAB tweeted that an active shooter had been reported, but later said security officers found "no indication" of a shooter.

"People were scared and upset".

Someone "legitimately thought that there was a situation" and did the right thing in contacting security, Brooks said, "and security did the right thing and responded, because it was not reported as an exercise or a drill".

Walter Reed is the nation's largest joint military medical center, and provides care to soldiers wounded in conflicts overseas.

1455, UPDATE: Base security has cleared the basement of Bldg.

In preparations for the drill, a mass notification alert was mistakenly sent to people at Naval Support Activity Bethesda, the military base that houses the medical center, the Navy said in a statement. Another source told Newsweek that building 17 is taking shelter. Law enforcement, like the Montgomery County Police, treated the situation as a real active shooter scenario and closed down the hospital.

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