WASHINGTON — Officials said there was no evidence of a shooting and no weapons were found after the Navy Yard facility in Washington, the site of a 2013 shooting in which 12 people were killed, was placed under lockdown Thursday morning.
The original 911 call reported a shooting on the second floor and a source confirmed that the Metropolitan Police and multiple law enforcement agencies were checking for a person with a gun in the building.
The U.S. Navy said the facility was under a shelter-in-place order and police were called for a report with a man with a gun in the facility, but after a search, the all-clear was given and all associated streets reopened.
A source with the Metropolitan Police Department said police are searching building 197, the same building where the 2013 shooting took place.
Navy Commander Scott Williams, who was at the Navy Yard on Thursday morning and during the attack two years ago, said the scene unfolding around the complex was “pretty much a mirror image of 2013.”
Naval architect Jordan Rongers said the response and evacuation “pretty much the same thing as happened three years ago, but I think the response has been much better,” citing better protocols and security.
In a preventative measure, officials closed Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. A law enforcement official says the move is a standard security precaution in light of potential navy yard incident under investigation
Police and ambulance vehicles surrounded the Navy Yard, and bystanders tweeted photos of the scene.