Military base near DC lifts lockdown with 1 exception

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — A law enforcement official said Thursday no active shooter was found at a military post outside Washington, and the base said a lockdown was lifted except for the building where an active shooter had been reported.

The law enforcement official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Joint Base Andrews tweeted just after 10:30 a.m. Thursday that the lock down had been lifted with the exception of the Malcolm Grow medical center.

The base was placed on lockdown earlier Thursday morning after the shooter was reported. The base is home to Air Force One and is about 20 miles from Washington.

Even after the lockdown, it was not immediately clear if any shots were fired.

Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to leave from Andrews on Thursday morning, but his trip was delayed by the lockdown.

The vice president’s office said he was waiting out the delay at his residence at the Naval Observatory in Washington.

Biden was due in Columbus, Ohio, for a midday campaign event for Gov. Ted Strickland.

The president, vice president and other senior government officials fly in and out of Joint Base Andrews.

President Barack Obama was last at the base Wednesday night when he returned from a trip to Ottawa, Canada.

Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said there was an “unfolding situation” at the base but provided no other details.

Emergency vehicles in the area of the base had on lights, but no sirens. At least three people in camouflage and helmets could be seen walking working dogs around the three-story building. About 10:15 a.m., a few people could be seen walking out of the building, including a person being moved in a wheelchair.

Helicopters hovered overhead, but it was unclear if they were news or military helicopters.

Rodney Smith, the patient advocate at the Andrews medical facility, said an active-shooter exercise was scheduled for Thursday morning, and then he was told it was a “real-world” situation. He said he was on lockdown and didn’t have any more information.

“First it was an active-shooter exercise. Then it came back `real world,”‘ Smith said by phone Thursday morning.

Smith said the situation was unfolding at the newer of two buildings at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility. He was in the older building.

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