US base hosting president’s plane locked out for ‘active shooter’ – Reuters

Joint Base Andrews was taken into custody after an active shooter was reported at the site’s housing complex

An active shooter incident was reported at Joint Base Andrews (JBA) near the US capitol, with an armed individual spotted near the facility’s accommodations. Located in Maryland, on the outskirts of Washington DC, the base is home to a fleet of US government aircraft, including Presidential Air Force One.

“An armed individual has been reported near the base accommodation. Move away from basic housing. Initiate lockout procedures. The individual is a white male, wearing a purple sweatshirt, black shorts, carrying an AR-15 style rifle without an orange tip,” JBA said Thursday in a Facebook post.

It was not immediately clear if there were casualties at the base. Shortly after announcing the lockdown, JBA urged the public to call 911 “if you see people moving.” Base law enforcement, as well as foot and mobile security patrols are continuing to search for the suspect, he added.


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