No active shooter at Newport News Shipbuilding, spokesperson confirms

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CVN 79 is shown under construction in Dry Dock 12 at Newport News Shipbuilding on June 26th 2019. (WAVY photo/Kevin Romm)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — There was no active shooter Thursday morning at Newport News Shipbuilding, a spokesperson confirmed.

Duane Bourne with Huntington Ingalls said another naval installation was conducting an active shooter drill Thursday morning and fragmented radio transmission was picked up by the USS John C. Stennis (VNS74) aircraft carrier, which is undergoing refueling and a complex overhaul at the shipyard.

After hearing the message, the aircraft carrier and other vessels at the shipyard chose to lock down.

“We support their response and believe they took appropriate action,” the shipyard said. “We expect all ships to release from lock down no later than 10 a.m.”

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