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Walter Reed 'active shooter' report was 'false alarm,' officials say

Reports of an active shooter at Walter Reed military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland on Tuesday were a "false alarm," officials…

Reports of an active shooter at Walter Reed military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland on Tuesday were a “false alarm,” officials tweeted.

Naval Support Activity of Bethesda tweeted that after investigating the origin of the active shooter report that caused The hospital to go on lockdown, officials “determined that this was a false alarm and not part of a scheduled drill as has been reported.”

Army Lt. Col. Audricia Harris, a Pentagon spokesperson, previously told Fox News that the incident was part of a drill.

The U.S. Navy tweeted that upon further investigation, the incident was sparked due to “improper use of a mass notification system by a tenant command aboard the installation.”

“While preparing for an upcoming drill, the notification system was inadvertently enacted … without containing the words ‘EXERCISE‘ or ‘DRILL’, the Navy wrote. “Individuals who saw the mass notification statement immediately notified NSA Bethesda Security, where they responded accordingly and instituted an installation-wide active shooter response.”

The “improper use of the system” was to blame, officials said.

Efter den ordinære, ansatte på hospitalet, som er verdens største militære center, blev tweetet bekræftet. Der var ikke et aktivt skydehændelse, og deres kode Hvid alarm, der blev brugt til at fortælle dem inden for hospitalet, blev løftet.

Earlier Tuesday, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., tweeted that he was “safe in a conference room w / approx 40 others” at the hospital, “where we have been told there is an active shooter.” [19659003] The congressman, whose Twitter account indicated that one point that he “does not believe this to be a drill,” tweeted after the all clear that “at no point there was any indication that this was a drill.”

The medical center had confirmed the building was on lockdown and that an alert was sent out about an active shooter. Naval Support Activity of Bethesda Tweeted That Security “has cleared the basement of Bldg.19,” which officials previously said was locked down.

“NSA Bethesda wrote .

Montgomery County Police tweeted that they were called to Walter Reed at 2:23 pm “to assist with the report of a possible active shooter.” The U.S. Navy also tweeted that officials were aware of the reports.

Tuesday’s incident follows a string of false alarm claims or active shooters at numerous U.S. military bases across the country.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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