Andrews air base on lockdown after active shooter report

New York, June 30 (IANS) US military Joint Base Andrews, just outside of Washington, was on Thursday put on lockdown following reports of an active shooter at a medical centre.

Known as “America’s airfield”, Andrews is the home base of Air Force One, the airplane used by the US presidents. A “shelter in place” order was in effect at the base.

The shooter was barricaded on the third floor of the medical centre, according to a reporter for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.

There appeared to be some confusion whether the situation was real or part of a scheduled exercise. Base officials said the call came during an exercise but the report was real.

“We are reacting to a report of a real-world active shooter,” a spokesperson for the base told WTTG TV.

“The call occurred during an exercise. Because the report came in as a real active shooter, we have to respond accordingly. We are treating as if it is and no further information at this time.”



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