Reports of active shooter at NNSY deemed false alarm

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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. 

VIDEO: Chopper 10 over Norfolk Naval Shipyard

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
investigate.

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. 

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