The Latest: Navy reopens building where shots reported

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Posted: Jan 26, 2016 7:06 PM
The Latest: Navy reopens building where shots reported

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The latest on lockdown Tuesday at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (all times local):

4 p.m.

The Navy has reopened the building at Naval Medical Center San Diego where gunshots were reported heard and said police found no evidence to support the claim.

The sprawling campus of one of the military's largest medical facilities was locked down for nearly six hours after a Department of Defense employee reported hearing at least three gunshots in Building 26 shortly before 8 a.m.

Military police found no gunman or signs of a shooting after sweeping the building, which houses administrative offices, a gymnasium and a dormitory for wounded combat veterans in long-term care. Officials say as many as 800 people are in the building on any given day.

The Navy says all operations have returned to normal.

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2 p.m.

The Navy has ended its lockdown of the Naval Medical Center San Diego after finding no sign of a gunman or a shooting.

The sprawling campus of one of the military's largest medical facilities was locked down for nearly six hours after a Department of Defense employee reported hearing at least three gunshots in Building 26 shortly before 8 a.m.

But military police found no gunman or signs of a shooting after sweeping the building, which houses administrative offices, a gymnasium and a dormitory for wounded combat veterans in long-term care. Officials say as many as 800 people are in the building on any given day. The building will remain closed Tuesday while the investigation continues.

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10:35 a.m.

The Navy says an initial inspection at Naval Medical Center San Diego found no sign of a gunman or a shooting.

Navy spokesman N. Scott Sutherland said Tuesday that military police had checked Building 26 after a person reported hearing three shots in the basement earlier in the day.

The base remained on lockdown as authorities went from room to room and led personnel out of the facility.

School officials say a lockdown has ended and instruction has resumed at three schools near the medical center.

In addition, TV images showed uniformed Navy personnel walking outside the medical facility. Their hands were in the air and they were being patted down by base police as a precaution.

The Navy hospital previously said on its Facebook page that an active shooter was reported and people were told to run, hide or fight.

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9:45 a.m.

A Navy spokesman says a report of three gunshots heard at Naval Medical Center San Diego came from a single witness.

Navy Region Southwest spokesman Scott Sutherland says the shots were reportedly heard in the basement of the center's Building 26.

The Navy hospital previously said on its Facebook page that an active shooter was reported and people were told to run, hide or fight.

Center spokesman Mike Alvarez wouldn't confirm there was an active shooter.

First responders and dog units are clearing the building.

The medical center remains on lockdown and a shelter-in-place order has been given.

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9:15 a.m.

Naval Medical Center San Diego says an active shooter has been reported and urged people inside the hospital to "run, hide or fight."

The Navy hospital posted the update on their official Facebook page, saying the shooter was reported in Building 26 on the campus. The building houses offices and barracks for wounded sailors and Marines as well as a gym.

Center spokesman Mike Alvarez wouldn't confirm there was an active shooter but says authorities are responding to a report of gunshots.

Law enforcement arrived at the scene in patrol cars and Humvees.

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8:45 a.m.

Military authorities are responding to a report of gunshots at a building on the campus Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Spokesman Mike Alvarez says the sounds were heard around 8 a.m. Tuesday in Building 26.

The building houses offices and barracks for wounded sailors and Marines as well as a gym.

Alvarez says all non-emergency personnel are asked to stay away from the area.