BETHESDA, Md. –
There was a large authorities response Monday on the grounds of Walter Reed National Armed force Medical Center in Bethesda after a report of shots fired at the center was contacted. It caused a school lockdown and an order for those inside Walter Reed to shelter in place.But after hours
of searching, police say they discovered no evidence that any shooting took place and the all-clear came just after 2 pm At 10:48 am, Montgomery County police state a 911 caller reported hearing a single gunshot inside the Building 1 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.The 243-acre campus went on lockdown as regional and federal authorities
came down on Walter Reed.They tactically and tactically simply went floor-to-floor, office-to-office searching for any danger, said Montgomery County Cops Capt. Paul Starks.People were seen leaving the 20-story structure with their hands in the air or on top of their heads.Outside of the campus, Wisconsin Avenue was likewise shut down.While all this was going on outdoors, medical care inside Walter Reed went on.During the occurrence, no vital care or important inpatient crucial care lapsed throughout this time, stated Sandy Dean, spokesperson for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.But as the late early morning became early afternoon, word came that the report was unfounded.There is no evidence or any sign of a gun being released and there are no injuries, Capt. Starks.And just after 2 pm, a siren sounded with a voice alerting everyone at Walter
Reed the all-clear and regular operations might resume.For the thousands who work and check out the campus, this was a stressful day, but one they understand might have turned much uglier.But lots of who work at the hospital stated they have actually been gotten ready for this sort of thing
which helped keep individuals calm.The train supervisor hellip; she was outstanding, allowed everyone to take cover behind the counter, stated Denise Moore, a client at the medical facility. We likewise had an off-duty cop, which sure made you feel an entire lot better. We just stayed behind there.
She provided everyone water, made people comfortable. We had numerous elderly people in chairs.I don’t think any individual was feeling too worried
, so the communication was excellent with us, said another lady who was on campus while the response happened.The medical center had the ability to reopen the emergency situation roomemergency clinic, but all appointments have actually been canceled for Monday.Ongoing updates as they happened on Monday: UPDATE -2:15 pm All-clear provided at Walter Reed Medical Center.UPDATE-1:59 pm Montgomery County cops tweet all police operations inside Walter Reed are complete, and there is no evidence of a firearm being discharged on campus. Normal operations are expected to resume soon.UPDATE- 1:46 pm All lanes of Rt. 355 have been resumed.
Still awaiting the all-clear from inside Walter Reed, however many law enforcement automobiles seen leaving the area.UPDATE-1:30 pm Cpt
. Paul Starks states the sweep of the 20-floor, skyscraper buildingskyscraper (knownreferred to as
Building 1 )is complete, and there has been no proof that a gun was discharged. No injuries reported. Starks states there are no strategies at this point to search any additional structures on campus.Starks says the initial call concerning the noise of possible gunshots was made to the dispatch center on campus, and from there
, Montgomery County authorities were called. Officers from all five Montgomery County cops districts reacted, together with officers from many of their law enforcement partners around the nationwide capital
location. All of this is method. No one firm has the resources to manage this on their own, Starks told FOX 5s Tom Fitzgerald.UPDATE-1:25 pm Montgomery Co. cops tweet that patient care at the Walter Reed facility has actually been suspended for today.UPDATE- 1:12 pm Montgomery Co. Police Captain Paul Starks tells press reporters that there is no indication that a shot was fired at Walter Reed, and there are no injuries reported. Starks said personnel have been instructed to remain to shelter in place as their search continues.Starks said the report of a possible shot fired came from inside the primary skyscraper structure on campus. Police and authorities from a variety of companies are browsing that building floor-by-floor, and when that search is full, they will certainly generate K-9 units to search the structure for the presence of any explosive devices.Starks warned that there is NO proof of any shot being fired at Walter Reed, but likewise said they will certainly not leave the scene till the search is complete.UPDATE- 12:51 pm Temporary air travel limitations in place over Bethesda.UPDATE-12:44 pm Montgomery Co. Cops state Public Details Officers to meet with media shortly.UPDATE-12:38 pm National Institutes of Health( NIH )security working with Walter Reed during investigation.UPDATE -12:32 pm Stone Ridge School of the Spiritual Heart, located near the Walter Reed Medical Center., is on lockdown as a precaution.UPDATE-12:26 pm Metrobus(link) not serving the Walter Reed Medical Center-anticipate delays.UPDATE-12:13 pm The US Navy tweets security is still browsing buildings on campus. Still no verification of any incident.UPDATE-12:10 pm The NIH City station(Red Line)is still open throughout street from the Walter Reed school, but the school is locked down as cops search
continues.UPDATE-12 pm Police personnel on campus companion owners from buildings.UPDATE-11:42 am Campus personnel have been directed to shelter in location. Per Montgomery County Cops, Rt. 355 is closed southbound at Cedar Ln. and northbound at Jones Bridge. Traffic exiting Walter Reed must make a
best turn on to Jones Bridge Lane.UPDATE-11:30 am Montgomery County cops say that they have not verified the preliminary report of a shot fired that came in around 10:48 am Gates to the school have actually been closed to traffic.