Bomb menace locks down Walter Reed hospital, Navy base

Walter Reed Nationwide Navy Medical Heart is seen shortly after the White Home introduced that President Donald Trump will probably be helicoptering to the hospital and “will probably be working from the presidential places of work at Walter Reed for the subsequent few days” after testing constructive for the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S., October 2, 2020.

Joshua Robert | Reuters

A U.S. Navy base simply outdoors of Washington, D.C., was locked down Wednesday morning after a bomb menace was made towards Walter Reed Medical Heart, which is positioned at that facility.

Employees and guests on the base in Bethesda, Maryland, had been ordered to shelter in place, and the ability’s gates had been closed to non-emergency site visitors, based on tweets posted by the bottom and Walter Reed accounts.

The nameless menace, which was known as in at round 8:45 a.m., warned there was a bomb at or close to Constructing 10 at Walter Reed, based on the Twitter feed of the Naval Help Exercise Bethesda base.

The bottom later stated there was no indication of an lively shooter on the facility, regardless of an earlier tweet that stated an lively shooter menace was being investigated.

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Walter Reed is a sprawling navy hospital that’s utilized by presidents of the USA and different authorities officers for therapy. Former President Donald Trump was hospitalized there final 12 months when he contracted Covid-19.

“A hazard exists at Walter Reed Nationwide Navy Medical Heart. All personnel and beneficiaries are directed to remain away from Walter Reed Bethesda,” the hospital’s Twitter account warned.

Kai Hibbard, a veteran who’s at Walter Reed, instructed CNBC in a textual content message that she got here to the campus for an appointment for her husband and was about to drive off the bottom when “all the things locked down.”

“Loudspeakers introduced that every one personnel ought to get to the closest constructing and shelter in place till the all clear is given,” stated Hibbard, who came upon in regards to the reported bomb menace via social media.

“My husband and I are secure, sheltered in place and simply watched the (what I assume is) bomb canine and [its] handler undergo the parking zone,” Hibbard stated.

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