‘All Clear’ Given After False Gunshot Reports at Walter Reed

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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center reopened and resumed regular operations Monday afternoon after being shut down and searched by police for the larger part of the day. Police were there in full force due to reports of a shot fired on the 243-acre medical campus in Bethesda, Md.

Montgomery County Police officials arrived on the scene in force, with dozens of officers and a number of armored vehicles, after receiving a call reporting a single gunshot around 10:48 a.m. Federal agents were also on-site to search for a shooter.

Meanwhile, medical center staff and patients were ordered to shelter in place and all non-emergency appointments were cancelled for the day.

After three hours of searching, MPC tweeted “Walter Reed UPDATE: Police operations are complete, there is no evidence of a firearm discharge. Normal operations expected to resume soon.”

The scene of swarming local and federal police to a military facility based on false reports of gunshots echoed that of the Navy Yard last week. Reports of shots fired there shut down the surrounding area and became national news briefly, before the “All Clear” was given by authorities when search for a shooter failed to come up with any evidence of a shooting.

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