|| By FITSNEWS || The U.S. military command center in Washington, D.C. confirmed to multiple national media outlets that shots were fired at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard – the site of a 2013 mass murder perpetrated by a military contractor.
Except they weren’t …
Police swarmed the facility after receiving reports of gunfire from security guards at the facility at around 7:30 a.m. EDT. Initial reports indicate the shooting took place in Building 197 of the facility – the site of the 2013 tragedy. Multiple television stations in Washington, D.C. reported that police were looking for two shooters – a white male and a black male – although that information was not immediately confirmed by authorities.
After a preliminary search of the facility. no shooters were immediately found inside Building 197. The search has since moved to other buildings on the Navy Yard grounds.
Shortly after 10:00 a.m. EDT, the Washington, D.C. metropolitan police issued the following statement …
A call was placed from a building inside of the Washington Navy yard for possible sounds of gun shots around 0729 AM – a subsequent request was made to partner law enforcement agencies for assistance. At this time we have completed our search of the building and have found no evidence of a shooting or injured personnel. The scene has been turned back over to Vice Admiral Hilarides of the NavSea Command.
According to the U.S. Navy, the facility – which employs more than 3,000 people – was placed on lockdown and its employees were told to seek shelter. In fact broad swaths of downtown Washington, D.C. were cordoned off in response to the shooting.
Located a half-mile from the U.S. Capitol, the facility is America’s oldest naval institution. Sadly, it’s also no stranger to home-grown violence.
In September of 2013, Aaron Alexis shot and killed twelve people (and wounded many more) inside Building 197 before being fatally shot by police.=