Reported 'active shooter' at Walter Reed Military Hospital was drill

WUSA is reporting that a Pentagon spokesperson said that it was an exercise on the campus.


Navy officials said it was an “ad hoc drill by tenant command.”


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The base was given the all-clear by 3:20 p.m. EST.

Despite the assurance by military officials that it was a drill, a congressman who was on the base was sheltering in place and may not have known that. Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger was in a conference room with about 40 others taking shelter. 

Shortly before the drill was confirmed by multiple media outlets, his representatives tweeted that he didn’t believe it was a drill. 


Others posted video of the law enforcement response during the event.