U.S. Navy Calls Active Shooter Incident ‘Improper Use’ of Notification System

Update, 6:20 p.m.: The U.S. Navy, via Twitter, is now saying the active shooter incident at Walter Reed was a drill … sort of. Here’s the exchange.

Update, 3:47 p.m.: The “active shooter” at Walter Reed Naval Medical Hospital on Tuesday was a false alarm, but it was not a scheduled drill, a spokesman on the base said.

Jeremy Brooks, spokesman for Naval Support Activity Bethesda, said there were reports of an active shooter in Building 19, one of the buildings of the medical facility.

The base’s security personnel cleared the basement and then the rest of the building, he said. In the meantime, the base was locked down and the gates were closed.

“Once the building was cleared we let everyone resume their activity,” Brooks said.

Investigators are now looking into the source of the call.

Update, 3:32 p.m.: U.S. Navy’s Twitter feed has reported that there was no active shooter. And that this was a drill by the “tenant command.”

Update, 3:30 p.m.: The Montgomery County MD Police Scanner Facebook page said the active shooter could be a training drill.

“Nothing’s been found to suggest there’s an active shooter on campus at this point,” said Dr. Earl Stoddard, director of the county’s Department of Homeland Security.

Original post: The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was responding to reports of an active shooter on the Bethesda facility.

The reports have been confused by one news report that say the “all clear” had been sounded and Montgomery County police minutes later saying officers had been dispatched to the site to assist.

Here’s how Naval Support Activity Bethesda reported the incident on its Twitter feed:

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