By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — An official says that authorities at the Washington Navy Yard have found no evidence of a shooting, no one has been arrested, and no weapons have been found after a report of gunfire.
The official has been briefed on Thursday’s response at the naval installation but spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the information publicly.
The official says authorities received an alert about a potential shooter Thursday morning at the Navy Yard, which triggered a large response in keeping with protocols established after a gunman killed 12 workers in a 2013 massacre.
A lockdown was underway Thursday morning across the campus.
No injuries have been reported, said a senior law enforcement official, who was receiving detailed briefings but spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss developments with reporters.
Police and fire department officials gathered near the Washington Navy Yard amid a lockdown.
The building is the same one where a gunman killed a dozen workers in a rampage two years ago, according to a second official — a federal one who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to discuss details publicly.
Navy security saw surveillance video of two people jumping the fence in the vicinity of the building a couple of minutes before the first report of gunfire, the federal official said.
Security found no one inside the building, the official said.
A heavy police and fire department presence began blocks away from the Navy Yard, with roads blocked and a helicopter hovering overhead.
In September 2013, military contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 civilian workers at the Navy Yard’s Building 197 before he was fatally shot by police. The building has since been renamed the Humphreys Building. It reopened this year.
The Navy Yard, in southeast Washington, is the country’s oldest naval installation.
Associated Press writers Jessica Gresko and Ted Bridis contributed to this report.
Published July 02, 2015| FoxNews.com
A report of shots fired early Thursday at the same Washington Navy Yard where a gunman killed 12 in 2013 prompted a massive police response and lockdown, but no evidence of a shooter or any victims was found.
The facility where the shots were reported was already largely emptied Thursday as civilian and military law enforcement officers swept it, said the official, who was receiving detailed briefings on the situation but spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss developments with reporters.
The building in question is the same one where a gunman killed a dozen workers in a rampage two years ago, according to a second official -- a federal one who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to discuss details publicly.
A heavy police and fire department presence begins blocks away from the Navy Yard, with roads blocked off and a helicopter hovering overhead. The scene is unfolding about a half mile from the U.S. Capitol. A federal law enforcement source said that tactical units are searching rooms inside the complex and are in the process of trying to clear the entire facility.