HOW IT HAPPENED: Base lifts lockdown except for medical building

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson confirms the reports of an active shooter at Joint Base Andrews. (J Scott Applewhite, AP)
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson confirms the reports of an active shooter at Joint Base Andrews. (J Scott Applewhite, AP)

UPDATE: 

A military post near Washington says a lockdown has been lifted, except for the medical building where an active shooter was reported.

Joint Base Andrews said in a tweet on Thursday morning that the all-clear was given for the base except for the medical building. The base did not say why the building remained on lockdown.

A law enforcement official says no active shooter was found at a military post outside Washington.

The law enforcement official was not authorised to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The base had been placed on lockdown after an active shooter was reported. The base is home to Air Force One and is about 30km from Washington.

UPDATE: 

A law enforcement official says no active shooter was found at a military post outside Washington on Thursday.

The law enforcement official was not authorised to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Joint Base Andrews had been placed on lockdown on Thursday morning after an active shooter was reported. The base is home to Air Force One and is about 30km from Washington.

An active shooter exercise had also been planned at the base, but officials said the situation became "real world".

The situation unfolded at a medical facility on the post. Joint Base Andrews issued a tweet telling all personnel at the base in Washington's Maryland suburbs to shelter in place.

UPDATE: 

Officials say first responders are working to secure the scene of an active shooter report at a military post near Washington.

Joint Base Andrews, which is about 30km  outside the nation's capital and is home to Air Force One, said in a tweet on Thursday that the base was 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 said there was an "unfolding situation" at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland but provided no other details.

The base tweeted on Thursday morning that it was on lockdown after reports of an active shooter.

Emergency vehicles in the area of the base had on lights, but no sirens. At least three people in camouflage and helmets could be seen walking working dogs around the three-story building. About 10:15 a few people could be seen walking out of the building, including a person being moved in a wheelchair.

Helicopters hovered overhead, but it was unclear if they were news or military helicopters.

Rodney Smith, the patient advocate at the Andrews medical facility, said an active-shooter exercise was scheduled for Thursday morning, and then he was told it was a "real-world" situation. He said he was on lockdown and didn't have any more information.

"First it was an active-shooter exercise. Then it came back 'real world,'" Smith said by phone Thursday morning.

Smith said the situation was unfolding at the newer of two buildings at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility. He was in the older building.

UPDATE:

Washington - 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 on 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.

An employee at a medical facility at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington said 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.

Joint Base Andrews - Joint Base Andrews tweeted on Thursday that the base was on lockdown due to a report of an active shooter.

BREAKING: 

The tweet instructed 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 said the incident was ongoing at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility and first responders were on the scene. It instructed everyone to continue to shelter in place, a precaution meant to keep people safe while remaining indoors.

According to FoxNews, the Pentagon had confirmed the incident.

Joint Base Andrews is located about 30km outside of downtown Washington, DC and hosts aircraft used by President Obama.


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