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Lockdown lifted after active shooter false alarm at Andrews military base outside US capital

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Andrews Air Force base in the US state of Maryland has been cleared after reports of an active shooter.
Andrews Air Force base in the US state of Maryland has been cleared after reports of an active shooter.

 Deutsche Welle reported: A false report of an active shooter at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C. briefly put the facility on lockdown. The base hosts Air Force One, used by President Obama. 
An active shooter exercise at Joint Base Andrews was mistaken for a real shooting situation on Thursday morning, triggering a lockdown at the military base that houses the president's aircraft.
Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C issued a "shelter in place" order after an active shooter incident was reported at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility at approximately 9 am local time.
The base said on Twitter that there was an active shooter exercise scheduled, but a real active shooter situation was reported. It later cleared the facility.
The lockdown delayed the travel of Vice President Joe Biden, who was scheduled to fly to Ohio for a campaign event.
The Joint Base Andrews is located in Camp Springs, Maryland, just outside the US capital. The base serves as the home of Air Force One, the US president's aircraft, and is used by other senior government officials.  

'All clear': No active shooter situation at Andrews Air Force base

The Associated Press reported: The "all clear" was given after a report of an active shooter at Joint Base Andrews.

The base tweeted Thursday morning, instructing all personnel at the base in Washington's Maryland suburbs to shelter in place and says more information will be released as it comes.

 

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — The Latest on reports of an active shooter at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington (all times local):
10:20 a.m.
Emergency vehicles with lights on but no sirens are in the area of a military base on lockdown after an active shooter was reported on the post.
At least three people in camouflage and helmets could be seen walking working dogs around the three-story medical building at Joint Base Andrews. The post is home to Air Force One and is about 20 miles outside Washington.
The base was put on lockdown Thursday morning after an active shooter was reported. An active shooter exercise had been planned, but officials say reports of a real-world active shooter came in.
Around 10:15 a.m., a few people could be seen walking out of the building, including a person being wheeled in a wheelchair.
Helicopters hovered overhead, but it is unclear if they are news or military helicopters.
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10:10 a.m.
Officials say first responders are trying to secure the scene of an active shooter report at a military post near Washington.
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.
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 base tweeted Thursday morning that it was on lockdown after reports of an active shooter.
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10 a.m.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says there is an "unfolding situation" at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland but is providing no further details.
The base, which is home to Air Force One, tweeted Thursday that the base is on lockdown due to a report of an active shooter.
The tweet instructs all personnel at the base in Washington's Maryland suburbs to shelter in place and says more information will be released as it comes.
Johnson is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He says he may have to take a break from the hearing as the situation at Andrews develops.
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9:55 a.m.
An employee at a medical facility at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington says an active-shooter drill had been planned, but officials later told workers it was a "real-world" situation.
Rodney Smith is a patient advocate at the military post's medical facility. He said Thursday that he was on lockdown and didn't have any more information.
Smith said by phone: "First it was an active-shooter exercise. Then it came back 'real world.'"
Smith said the situation was unfolding at the newer of two buildings at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility on the base. He was in the older building.
Joint Base Andrews said in a tweet that the incident is ongoing and that first responders are on scene.
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9:50 a.m.
Joint Base Andrews tweets that the base is on lockdown due to a report of an active shooter.
The tweet sent Thursday morning instructs all personnel at the base in Washington's Maryland suburbs to shelter in place and says more information will be released as it comes.
A second tweet from the base says the incident is ongoing at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility and first responders are on the scene. It instructs everyone to continue to shelter in place, a precaution meant to keep people safe while remaining indoors.
Associated Press
 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Joint Base Andrews near Washington was placed on lockdown because of reports of a gunman on the loose and personnel were told to shelter in place on Thursday.

Joint Base Andrews is the military facility where the U.S. presidential aircraft, Air Force One, is based. President Barack Obama was not scheduled to use the base on Thursday.

"The incident is ongoing at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility. First responders are on-scene now," base officials said on Twitter. There were no immediate reports of gunfire or casualties.

On its Facebook page, Joint Base Andrews officials said the facility had been scheduled to conduct an active shooter exercise, "however, reports of a real-world active shooter situation were reported" at the medical facility.

"Due to the serious nature of this report, the base is reacting to ensure the safety of all personnel," it said.

No other details were immediately available, and base officials did not return calls for comment. Prince George's County police directed questions to the base.

The U.S. military has been on high alert for possible attacks at U.S. locations after incidents such as the July 2015 shooting rampage that killed five service members at two military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the 2009 shooting at a U.S. Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, in which a gunman killed 13 people.

Andrews base in Maryland is the primary military air installation in the Washington, D.C., area, and is located about 15 miles (24 km) from the White House.

Malcolm Grow is a full-service military hospital which according to its website is affiliated with the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and serves as a training facility for 48 medical residents and 31 health professionals. 

 

The Washington Times reported:  Joint Base Andrews is on lockdown amid reports an active shooter in on the Maryland military base.
The military tweeted: “JBA is currently on lockdown due to a report of an active shooter. All personnel are directed to shelter in place.
The military said “The incident is ongoing at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility. First responders are on-scene now. All personnel continue to shelter in place.”
The base was scheduled to conduct an active shooter exercise, however, reports of a real-world active shooter situation were reported at Malcolm Grow medical facility, base officials posted on Facebook.

The military base was placed on lockdown just before 9 a.m.
Joint Base Andrews is located around 20 miles outside of downtown Washington, D.C. and hosts aircraft used by President Obama.

Daily mail reported:  Joint Base Andrews in Maryland is on lockdown amid reports of an active shooter.
All personnel were ordered to shelter in place shortly after 9am Eastern Time.
It came at the same time that an active shooter training exercise was due to start at the base. 
Officials tweeted that the situation is centered on the base's Malcolm Grow Medical Facility.
'First it was an active-shooter exercise. Then it came back "real world,"' Rodney Smith, a patient advocate at the medical facility, told the Associated Press by phone.
He said the situation was at the newer of two buildings at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility on the base. He was in the older building.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called the incident an 'unfolding situation' as he spoke at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on oversight of the Department of Homeland Security.
First responders are on the scene, according to the Joint Base's Twitter account.
The base is in Prince George's County, 15 miles from the White House.
It is the home base of Air Force One, the two Boeing VC-25A aircraft which the president flies on.
Security has also been tightened at the nearby Ft Belvoir, Naval Observatory, and Navy Yard.