UPDATE: Police report that there is no evidence of a firearm discharge. Employees and members of the media were moved away from the front gate. The Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Navy Medical Center completed a merger in 2011 to form the current facility.
One northbound lane and two southbound lanes of Maryland Rte. The campus provides long-term treatment for wounded troops and hosts injured service members’ families.
Walter Reed is regarded as the top U.S. military hospital, with patients ranging from Iraq war veterans to President Barack Obama.
Social media posts indicate that the hospital is now in a “Code White”. There has been no confirmation from the military that an incident has taken place, or that anyone was injured. DOD Security Force, NIH Police Force and County EMS and Medics have responded and are searching the area. Gates to the campus have been closed to traffic.
A Maryland State Police helicopter flew over the scene as officers, some in uniform and with guns drawn, searched the campus.
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center houses the Navy’s medical school and dental school.
The Navy Yard was the scene of a mass shooting in September 2013 in which a lone gunman killed 12 people and injured three others. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the tower on November 11, 1940.