Walter Reed military hospital briefly locked down after reported active shooter turned out to be training exercise

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A "Naval Support Activity Bethesda" sign stands outside of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., on Monday, May 14, 2018. First Lady Melania Trump underwent successful surgery at Walter Reed to treat a kidney condition on Monday and is expected to remain in the hospital for the duration of the week. Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Pool via Bloomberg

Update, 3:25 p.m.: CNN’s Omar Jimenez reports that the incident was a training exercise.


BETHESDA, MD — Walter Reed military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland was put on lockdown Tuesday amid reports of an active shooter situation, according to Fox News.

“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 other,” Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

The medical center confirmed the building is on lockdown and that an alert was sent out about an active shooter. There were no immediate reports of any injuries or deaths.

The FBI has not yet responded to the situation and is working to confirm if the incident at Walter Reed involves an active shooter, according to Fox News.

Montgomery County police tweeted that they were called to Walter Reed at 2:23 p.m. “to assist with the report of a possible active shooter.” The U.S. Navy also tweeted that officials are aware of the reports, no they have not confirmed an active shooter at the medical center.

This is a developing story. Check back with FOX43 for more details as they emerge.

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