Official: No signs of shooting, no arrests at US Navy site

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013 file photo. military personnel walks past an entrance to the Washington Navy Yard in Washington. An official says shots have been reported in a building on the Washington Navy Yard campus. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities have found no evidence of a shooting at a key U.S. Navy site in Washington, no one has been arrested, and no weapons have been found after a report of gunfire, an official said.

The official has been briefed on Thursday’s response at the Washington Navy Yard installation but spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the information publicly.

The official says authorities received an alert about a potential shooter Thursday morning, which triggered a large response in keeping with protocols established after a gunman killed 12 workers in a 2013 massacre.

No injuries have been reported.

Navy security saw surveillance video of two people jumping the fence in the vicinity of the building a couple of minutes before the first report of gunfire, a federal official had said earlier.

Security found no one inside the building, the official said.

A heavy police and fire department presence began blocks away from the Navy Yard, with roads blocked and a helicopter hovering overhead. Gates to the Navy Yard were closed, and all people were being advised to shelter in place, said Chatney Auger, spokeswoman for Naval District Washington.

Thousands would be at the base at the time of the reports, Navy public affairs officer Chris Johnson told reporters outside the facility.

In September 2013, military contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 civilian workers at the Navy Yard’s Building 197 before he was fatally shot by police. The building has since been renamed the Humphreys Building. It reopened this year.

When facilities specialist Chris Robertson heard an alarm and loudspeaker instructions about 7:30 a.m., he said his first thought was: “Here we go again.”

He said his supervisor called at 7:33 a.m. and told him and his two co-workers to leave. He also said he hadn’t noticed anything unusual Thursday morning — everything was normal.

The Navy Yard is the oldest naval installation in the U.S.

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Associated Press writers Jessica Gresko and Ted Bridis contributed.

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