• Reported 'active shooter' at Walter Reed Military Hospital was a drill

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    BETHESDA, Md. - BREAKING UPDATE: All clear given at Walter Reed Medical Center. According to reports, this was a drill, not an active shooter. 

    There were reports of an active shooter situation at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. But it turned out to be a drill.

    WUSA is reporting that a Pentagon spokesperson said that it was an exercise on the campus.

    Navy officials said it was an “ad hoc drill by tenant command.”

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    The base was given the all-clear by 3:20 p.m. EST.

    Despite the assurance by military officials that it was a drill, a congressman who was on the base was sheltering in place and may not have known that. Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger was in a conference room with about 40 others taking shelter. 

    Shortly before the drill was confirmed by multiple media outlets, his representatives tweeted that he didn’t believe it was a drill. 

    Others posted video of the law enforcement response during the event.


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