Friday, July 3, 2015

Washington Navy Yard Shooting Scare Deemed False Alarm - 9-11 Call Appropriate Alert Sent By Concerned Employee

The report of a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard turned out to be a false alarm, thankfully, reports

OUTSIDE THE WASHINGTON NAVY YARD, D.C. – Law enforcement have concluded that a shooting scare here at the heart of the nation's capital Thursday morning was a false alarm after sweeps of the area, which focused on the sprawling headquarters building that was the scene of a 2013 mass shooting.

Sweeps of the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters and surrounding buildings found no evidence of shots fired, after a police call that triggered a massive response from area law enforcement and a lockdown that kept employees shut into their work stations or off base.

Law enforcement sounded the all clear around 10 a.m., and some police began leaving the scene afterwards.

At 10:20 a.m., the Navy confirmed that no employees had been injured and there was no evidence of shots fired on the base, saying the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was conducting an investigation.

The response began at 7:29 a.m., when an employee called from a building on the Navy Yard to report possible gun shots, according to a Navy statement Thursday morning.

Police have ruled out a hoax, saying that the 9-11 call was an appropriate alert sent by a concerned employee.

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