Police say a mistaken report of a “man with weapon” at USA Today’s headquarters in Virginia resulted in an evacuation of the building.
There have been no reports of shots fired at the building, and officials had only said they were responding to early reports of a man with a weapon.
USA Today writers and editors tweeted out their reaction to the evacuation.
We’ve evacuated the building. There’s a heavy police presence and officers are asking if we have seen or heard anything suspicious. https://t.co/d1Xa7sgYSu
— Alex Ptachick (@alexptachick) August 7, 2019
— Nathan Bomey (@NathanBomey) August 7, 2019
— Kelly Lawler (@klawls) August 7, 2019
Fairfax County police tweeted that they were responding to reports of a man with a weapon at the building, but provided no other details. There have been no reports of shots fired.
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) August 7, 2019
BREAKING: Fairfax County police said call of man with weapon at Gannett Building in McLean came in around 12:10 p.m. There have been no reports of shots fired as of yet. The building is being evacuated and a SWAT team is on the scene.
— justin jouvenal (@jjouvenal) August 7, 2019
Local news reporter Mike Valerio reported the FBI said the incident is not a shooting.
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) August 7, 2019
Police later confirmed to USA Today that “there was no indication of a shooting or a shooter at the building,” but police are still investigating.
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