11:45 a.m . — Officials say reports of an active shooter at a military post outside Washington stemmed from someone who made a distress call after seeing security forces doing a routine inspection.
The confusion was heightened by a planned active shooter drill at Joint Base Andrews that had not yet begun and was planned for later in the morning. The base says in a Facebook post Thursday that there was no shooter and no threat to the base or workers there.
The base had been placed on lockdown after an active shooter was reported. The base is home to Air Force One and is about 20 miles from Washington.
10:30 a.m. — Joint Base Andrews announces an “all clear” after an active shooter incident Thursday. A Tweet by the base says the lockdown has also been lifted.
There was some confusion about what was happening on base since an active shooter drill was also scheduled for today. However, another Tweet by the base confirms there was a genuine active shooter on base at the same time.
News 3 will bring more updates as they become available.
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — Joint Base Andrews tweets that the base is on lockdown due to a report of an active shooter.
The tweet sent Thursday morning instructs all personnel at the base in Washington’s Maryland suburbs to shelter in place and says more information will be released as it comes.
A second tweet from the base says the incident is ongoing at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility and first responders are on the scene. It instructs everyone to continue to shelter in place, a precaution meant to keep people safe while remaining indoors.
News media is being kept away from the area. Joint Base Andrews is home to the airfield for Air Force One.This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 for updates.