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Navy Yard in DC Gets All-Clear After Shooting Reports

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Members of the media gather outside the Navy Yard after a lock down for an unconfirmed shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC on July 2, 2015. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 02 Jul 2015 10:14 AM

A US Navy installation in Washington was given the all-clear Thursday after locking down for several hours over unconfirmed reports that an active gunman was on the loose, authorities said.

The Navy said on Twitter that there was "no sign of shooting" and that all personnel were fine.

Local media reported that the district police and the FBI also had given a thumbs-up after a building-to-building search of the US Navy Yard turned up no evidence of a shooter or that any shots were fired.

A federal official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Navy security has seen surveillance video of two people jumping the fence Thursday in the vicinity of a building where gunfire was reported. The official told The Associated Press that the video showed the two jumping the fence a couple of minutes before the first report of the shots.

The official also said security has cleared Building 197 and found no one inside at the Navy Yard, which is a mile south of the Capitol building and 3 miles from the White House.

The Navy said the facility was on lockdown but could not confirm any incident.

Building 197 was the scene of the shooting deaths of 12 people two years ago by Aaron Alexis, a former sailor who was working for a government technology contractor at the Navy Yard.

That shooting was at forefront of one Navy Yard worker Thursday, who said his first thought when he heard alarms and speakers was: "Here we go again."

Facilities specialist Chris Robertson has worked at the Washington Navy Yard for about 10 years. He told the AP that about 7:30 a.m. the alarm inside his building started going off, and people were told over the loud speaker to shelter in place.

His supervisor called at 7:33 a.m. and told him and two co-workers to leave.

Robertson said he didn't notice anything unusual Thursday morning — everything was normal.

Lt. Cmdr. Scott Williams, 39, a guided missile engineer at the Navy Yard, also was in Building 197 on Thursday and the day of the 2013 shooting.

He told Reuters that police came to his office at about 7:30 a.m. and escorted him and colleagues out.

"It was pretty much a mirror image of what happened in 2013," he said. "Here we go again."

Williams said security had been tightened after the 2013 incident with more ID checks and random bag searches.

Live television showed a massive police presence in the area, and more than eight blocks of nearby roads were shut down as authorities responded to the scene, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued an alert calling for local authorities and the public to remain vigilant for possible threats during the holiday weekend.

The Pentagon ordered new security measures be put in place after the 2013 shooting. Alexis, 34, had opened fire on Sept. 16, 2013. He was shot to death after an hourlong exchange with police.

Alexis had reported hearing voices and being unable to sleep in the weeks leading up to the rampage.

The Navy Yard, on the Anacostia River, was established in 1799 as a shipbuilding site and a base for defending the city. The complex houses the Naval Sea Systems Command.

Reuters and The Associated Press were used in this report.


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A US Navy installation in Washington was given the all-clear Thursday after locking down for several hours over unconfirmed reports that an active gunman was on the loose, authorities said. The Navy said on Twitter that there was no sign of shooting and that all personnel...
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