Walter Reed National Medical Center still on lockdown after bomb threat

Walter Reed National Medical Center still on lockdown after bomb threat

Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Md., remains partially “locked down” due to a bomb threat.

According to an update provided by NSA Bethesda at 12:45 p.m., a shelter in place order remains in effect for Walter Reed National Medical Center as bomb-sniffing K9 units sweep the campus. However, NSA Bethesda’s commanding officer has lifted the shelter in place order for all other locations aboard the base, and gates 1 and 3 are now open for outbound traffic.

Additionally, according to the tweet, the shelter in place order will be lifted one building at a time.

An update by NSA Bethesda via Twitter at 10 a.m. stated that it had been determined that there is no active shooter threat, but a bomb threat was still under investigation, and people aboard the facility should continue to shelter in place.

The installation, home of Walter Reed National Medical Center, went into lockdown at 9:25 a.m. as security personnel investigated claims of both a bomb and a potential active shooter. Until 12:45 p.m. all gates were closed to non-emergency traffic and the public was asked to avoid the area.

According to the installation’s Twitter feed, at approximately 8:45 a.m., the installation received an anonymous phone call that a bomb was “at or near” building 10 of the facility. At 9:05 a.m., a “shelter in place” order was sent out via the installation’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Montgomery County Police told Military Times the department responded to a “threat” at NSA Bethesda, but had since cleared the area.

Military Times contacted both NSA Bethesda and Walter Reed National Medical Center for comment. NSA Bethesda told Military Times to follow its social media pages for updates.

This is a developing story. Stay with Military Times for updates.

James R. Webb is a rapid response reporter for Military Times. He served as a US Marine infantryman in Iraq. Additionally, he has worked as a Legislative Assistant in the US Senate and as an embedded photographer in Afghanistan.





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