PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Reports of an active shooter situation at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth have been deemed a false alarm, officials say.
In a Facebook post Thursday morning, shipyard officials asked all personnel to shelter in place. Officials said in a later post the shipyard had returned to normal operations after the situation was declared a false alarm.
Portsmouth police responded to the scene Thursday afternoon as authorities investigated the situation.
The active shooter reports came as a threatening message found a bathroom wall at the shipyard Thursday morning prompted an evacuation of the surrounding area.
Terri Davis, a spokesperson for the shipyard, said the message was discovered around 9 a.m. Shipyard law enforcement are on scene investigating.
NNSY takes these threats very seriously and will work with NCIS to fully
WAVY’s Marielena Balouris reports one man said he was working on a crane around 9:30 a.m. when they were told to evacuate.
Lots of people waiting outside of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. One man told me he was told to leave at 9:30am and has been waiting outside the gate ever since @WAVY_News pic.twitter.com/1ISOPqZhVi— Marielena Balouris (@Marielena_TV) February 14, 2019