Police receive report of active shooter at Walter Reed Medical Center; turns out it was a drill

Posted at 2:17 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 15:19:29-05

BETHESDA, Maryland — The Montgomery County Police press office said Tuesday afternoon that it received a call to assist for a report of an active shooter at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Around 3:15 p.m. Eastern, reports indicated it was a drill, not an actual active shooter situation.

During the situation, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, tweeted about it from inside the center.

"I am currently at Walter Reed Medical in Bethesda where we've been told there is an active shooter," Ruppersberger said. "I am currently safe in a conference room w/ approx 40 others."

Two individuals separately told CNN they were inside the building at Walter Reed just before 3 p.m. Tuesday and were told to continue to shelter in place. One individual said loudspeakers announced that it was still an active situation. The other individual reported hearing lots of sirens.