‘All clear’ given at Washington Navy Yard after reports of shots fired

Navy Yard lockdown (NBC)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WRIC/AP) — The “all clear” message was given at the Washington Navy Yard Thursday morning after no active threat was found. Officials say there were no shots fired at the yard.

A federal official told the Associated Press say there is no evidence of a shooting, there have been no arrests and no weapons have been recovered at the Washington Navy Yard after a report of shots fired locked down the campus Thursday.

The source also told the AP that Navy security has seen surveillance video that showed two men jumping a fence in the vicinity of a building where gunfire was reported Thursday morning. The official told the AP there were no reports of injuries nor has a shooter been identified.

Civilian and military law enforcement agencies responded along with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Around 9 a.m., authorities swept the Navy Yard building, which had already been largely emptied.

A Navy Yard worker said he didn’t notice anything unusual Thursday morning — everything was normal.

Facilities specialist Chris Robertson has worked at the Washington Navy Yard for about 10 years, according to the Associated Press. He said that about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, the alarm inside his building started going off, people were told over the loud speaker to shelter in place. However, when his supervisor called at 7:33 a.m., Robertson says he and two co-workers were advised to leave.

Robertson said the first thing he thought when he heard alarms and speakers was: “Here we go again.”

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