On June 30, 2016, Joint Base Andrews (JBA) in Maryland was locked down due to reports of an active shooter at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility. At 6:16 a.m. EDT, there was a tweet posted that stated the facility was on lockdown and instructed all personnel to shelter in place. According to NBC News, a second tweet confirmed the incident was taking place. The JBA reiterated the need for all those on the base to remain indoors for their safety during the incident.
First responders were on site, and a JBA representative stated they were reacting to the situation with the security of all personnel on the base in mind. The official added that the incident was reported as an active shooter, and the base was responding accordingly.
JBA is home to POTUS’s aircraft and is located in Prince George County, Md. The base had been scheduled to complete active shooter drill today. Coincidentally, a call was made reporting there was an actual shooter.
UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Authorities at JBA lifted the lockdown. NBC News reported that senior officials have stated the active shooter situation was a misunderstanding.
Apparently, while setting up for the drill, two men were seen walking across the base with long rifles in hand by someone at the medical center, and they panicked. The report of a real-world active shooter had initiated the lockdown.
The JAB is located southeast of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. and was originally known as the Andrews Air Force base. In 2009, the Naval Air Facility Washington merged with Andrews and formed the base now known as Joint Base Andrews.
Written by Cathy Milne
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