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Walter Reed Medical Center ‘active shooter’ was a drill, officials say

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in 2011. (U.S. Army/Released)
November 27, 2018
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This is a breaking story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available. 

A possible active shooter situation on Tuesday afternoon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda was actually a drill, officials have said.

The medical center and military officials later said that the active shooter alarm was a drill, and that there was no active shooter, CBS Baltimore reported.

The Pentagon said the situation was a drill, and there was no active shooter, according to CBS Baltimore.

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The medical center was on lockdown and a huge police presence filled the area as authorities investigated reports of an active shooter.

Naval Support Activity Bethesda had said, “There is a report of an active shooter in the Bldg. 19 basement. If you are on the installation, go to the nearest available vehicle, structure, or building that provides a measure of protection and lockdown. If you are not on the installation, stay away.”

“First responders are on scene and initial reports indicate there are no signs of an active shooter. We will continue to post updates as we get information,” the update added. “Please be aware that all gates are closed until further notice.”

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Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger was among those present in the building, and he had tweeted, “I am currently at Walter Reed Medical in Bethesda where we’ve been told there is an active shooter. I am currently safe in a conference room w/ approx 40 others.”

Photos show the heavy police response to the incident.

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