OUTSIDE THE WASHINGTON NAVY YARD, D.C. – Law enforcement have concluded that a shooting scare here at the heart of the nation’s capital Thursday morning was a false alarm after sweeps of the area, which focused on the sprawling headquarters building that was the scene of a 2013 mass shooting.
Sweeps of the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters and surrounding buildings found no evidence of shots fired, after a police call that triggered a massive response from area law enforcement and a lockdown that kept employees shut into their work stations or off base.
Law enforcement sounded the all clear around 10 a.m., and some police began leaving the scene afterwards.
At 10:20 a.m., the Navy confirmed that no employees had been injured and there was no evidence of shots fired on the base, saying the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was conducting an investigation.
The response began at 7:29 a.m., when an employee called from a building on the Navy Yard to report possible gun shots, according to a Navy statement Thursday morning.
“NCIS agents and other law enforcement have completed their inspection of the Humphreys Building (Bldg. 197). All personnel are safe and accounted for,” the statement said. “There are no signs of a shooting, a shooter, or victims.”