‘No evidence of a firearm discharge’ at Walter Reed Medical Center, police say

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

BETHESDA, Md. — Police found no evidence of shots being fired at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after completing a full-building search that lasted several hours.

Montgomery County police spokeswoman Natasha Plotnikov says a 911 caller reported hearing one shot inside Building 1, the original hospital on the campus in Bethesda, on Monday morning. She reported that police were on the scene and checking into the report.

At about 11:45 a.m. the Department of Naval Support Activity Bethesda confirmed the lockdown and said that all base and personnel were sheltering in place as a result of unconfirmed reports of an active shooter.DOD Security Force, NIH Police Force and County EMS and Medics have responded and searching the area, they said.

Police cleared the buildings and escorted all personnel outside. They then conducted a search of the 20-story building. All non-emergency patient care was also suspended for the day.

Just after 2:00 p.m. the Montgomery County Police confirmed that police investigations at Walter Reed were complete.

Montgomery County Police confirmed that the lockdown was over just after 2 p.m. and that there was no evidence of shots being fired

Montgomery County Police confirmed that the lockdown was over just after 2 p.m. and that there was no evidence of shots being fired

The search concluded with no evidence of a firearm being discharged or shots being fired.  Routine at Walter Reed Medical Center is expected to return to normal soon.