Currently happening – Thursday, June 30, 2016 9:30 AM
Joint Base Andrews in Maryland has been placed on lockdown following a report of an active shooter.
The base was placed on lockdown just after 9 a.m. Thursday, officials at the base told News4. All personnel have been directed to shelter in place.
Joint Base Andrews said it had planned an active shooter exercise for 9 a.m., but around the same time, first responders received reports of an “real-world active shooter situation” at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility. The base says it investigating the incident as an ongoing active shooter situation.
According to Stars and Stripes, the Pentagon said there was a “barricade situation” on the third floor of the medical facility.
Rodney Smith, a patient advocate at the medical facility, told the Associated Press the situation was unfolding at the newer of two buildings at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility. Smith was in the older building.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called the incident an “unfolding situation” during his testimony at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on oversight of the Department of Homeland Security.