Naval Support Activity Bethesda, home of Walter Reed National Medical Center, ends shelter in place order

Naval Support Activity Bethesda, home of Walter Reed National Medical Center, ends shelter in place order

Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Md., lifted its shelter in place order at 1:15 p.m. However, all gates remain closed to inbound traffic, while gates 1 and 3 are open only for outbound traffic.

The installation, home of Walter Reed National Medical Center, reported an anonymous bomb threat at 8:45 a.m “at or near” building 10, along with a potential active shooter, prompting officials to “lockdown” the base and issue a shelter in place order.

Until 12:45 p.m., all gates were closed to non-emergency traffic, while the public was asked to avoid the area.

An update by NSA Bethesda via Twitter at 10 a.m. stated that it had been determined that there was no active shooter threat, but a bomb threat was still under investigation.

Montgomery County Police told Military Times the department responded to a “threat” at NSA Bethesda, but had since cleared the area.

Military Times contacted both NSA Bethesda and Walter Reed National Medical Center for comment. NSA Bethesda told Military Times to follow its social media pages for updates.

This is a developing story. Stay with Military Times for updates.

James R. Webb is a rapid response reporter for Military Times. He served as a US Marine infantryman in Iraq. Additionally, he has worked as a Legislative Assistant in the US Senate and as an embedded photographer in Afghanistan.





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