US army base said to be 'all clear' following reports of gunman on loose

  • The gunman alert at an army base in the US has been given the all clear.
  • Joint Base Andrews confirmed the lockdown on Twitter.
  • Personnel were advised to shelter and first aiders were on the scene.

Update 3.40pm: Law enforcement officials have given the base the all clear. No shooter has been found at the base.

US army base said to be 'all clear' following reports of gunman on loose

Earlier A US military base has been locked down amid reports of a gunman on the site.

Joint Base Andrews confirmed the lockdown on Twitter, and urged all personnel at the base in Washington's Maryland suburbs to take shelter.

Personnel have been advised to shelter and First Aiders are on the scene.

The base is located about 20 miles outside central Washington and is home to Air Force One and other aircraft used by President Barack Obama.

Rodney Smith, the patient advocate at the Andrews medical facility, said an active-shooter exercise was scheduled for Thursday morning, and then he was told it was a "real-world" situation.

"First it was an active-shooter exercise. Then it came back 'real world'," he said.

US army base said to be 'all clear' following reports of gunman on loose

Mr Smith said the situation is unfolding at the newer of two buildings at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility on the base. He is in the older building.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson described it as an "unfolding situation", but provided no further details.

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