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Washington Navy Yard On Lockdown

Posted: Jul 2, 2015 at 2:16 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

•Presence Of Gunman Reported

WASHINGTON Navy Yard is on lockdown with a “shelter order” in place, US Navy officials said on Thursday July 2, 2015 morning, amid unconfirmed reports of an active gunman.

US Navy officials confirmed on Twitter that an investigation was ongoing, but did not give any further information at this time.

DC police have reportedly closed streets near the scene, according to the Washington Post, which reported that US park police were responding to reports of an active shooter within the Navy Yard.

A police officer told Reuters the same. The Associated Press had a similar report from an unnamed official.

“No incident can be confirmed as of yet,” the Navy said.

Park police could not confirm the incident when reached by newsmen.

However, TV news footage showed a massive police response, with streets blocked off with police tape and lines of emergency vehicles.

More than eight blocks of nearby roads were shutdown as authorities responded to the scene, the Metropolitan police department told Reuters.

Lt Cmdr Scott Williams said he heard screaming in his building, building 197, the same building where a 2013 shooting took place.

But Williams told CNN outside the Navy Yard that he thought the response was well coordinated.

“You can definitely tell that things have changed” since the last shooting, he said.

The military base, the country’s oldest naval installation, was the site of a 2013 shooting in which lone gunman, Aaron Alexis, killed 12 civilian staff.

That shooting triggered a review by the Pentagon, which concluded that threats to Department of Defence personnel were increasingly coming from trusted insiders and the Pentagon needed to beef up security from within.

The lockdown comes amid heightened security concerns ahead of the US Independence Day holiday at the weekend.