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BREAKING: Military Base On Lockdown After Suspect Armed With AR-15 Style Rifle Reported

Camp Spring, MD – Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County has been locked down after an armed person initially suspected to be an active shooter was reportedly seen near base housing.

Authorities described the suspect as a white male carrying what appeared to be a semiautomatic rifle, with no orange tip, indicating that it was not a toy near base housing at about 2:50 p.m. on March 30, WTOP reported.

The suspect was wearing a purple sweatshirt and black shorts, according to witnesses.

Warnings were posted on social media.

“Lockdown!” the base wrote. “An Armed individual has been reported near base housing. Stay away from base housing. Initiate Lockdown Procedures!”

Base officials asked anyone who spotted the suspect to contact base law enforcement immediately, WTOP reported.

“Security Forces, foot and mobile patrols are out looking for the suspect,” Joint Base Andrews said in a recent update.

The base also asked locals to call 911 if they saw anyone outside moving,  reported.

Joint Base Andrews is a large military installation that houses Air Force One and Air Force Two, the planes that carry the President and Vice President, in addition to a host of other military planes, equipment, and personnel.

Late on Thursday afternoon, Joint Base Andrews released a statement that said there was no active shooter incident as no shots had been fired.

However, authorities are still looking for the armed suspect who was reportedly roaming the base with an AR-15 style rifle.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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