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    Active Shooter Drill Causes Panic at Walter Reed Medical Center Near DC

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    Following widespread panic and a massive police response Tuesday afternoon, Pentagon spokesperson Army Lt. Col. Audricia Harris told media there was no active shooter at the medical center.

    At 3:20 pm Tuesday afternoon, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda gave the all clear.

    The US Navy's twitter account subsequently confirmed it was "an ad hoc drill by tenant command."​

    Earlier Tuesday, NSA Bethesda tweeted that there had been reports of shots fired in the basement of Building 19 of the hospital complex. The entirety of the medical campus was placed on lockdown, with no one allowed in or out until the facility had been cleared.

    Building 19 is the "America" building, the building closest to the north entrance to the campus. It is part of the hospital complex and contains both reception and fitness services, according to NSA.

    ABC 7 reported that multiple 911 callers said they heard shots while sheltering in place.

    ​Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger tweeted from inside a conference room in the medical center about the situation. A subsequent update on his account noted he was sheltering in a back room and that the mood was calm, although none present regarded the incident as a drill.

    Local news reported on a huge police response to the medical facility, which sits across the street from the National Institutes of Health, just outside the city limits of Washington, DC.

    ​A user inside the complex posted video of a police unit entering a nearby building with heavy protection, including a riot shield.

    ​Another user supplied much more close-up footage of the SWAT team:

    ​Traffic on nearby Wisconsin Avenue/Rockville Pike was blocked between Cedar Lane and Jones Bridge Road near the expansive Walter Reed campus, with police directing drivers to side streets.

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