No evidence found of active shooter situation at General Dynamics, no injuries reported

Posted at 12:33 PM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-18 20:45:49-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Portsmouth Police investigated a report of an active shooter at General Dynamics Thursday afternoon, but found no evidence of an active shooter or shooting.

The location is at at 2 Harper Avenue.

Dispatch received the 9-1-1 call at 11:46 a.m., from a security guard. The alleged incident was said to have occurred aboard a barge adjacent to USS Carter Hall.

Officials said there are no injuries reported and that the combined sweep made by security forces and the Portsmouth Police ended at 4 p.m.

Lockdown was lifted after the search is complete.

News 3’s Brian Hill spoke with workers standing outside and they said other workers were locked in a room as the investigation unfolded.

Officials at the shipyard sent the following statement to News 3:

After receiving a radio report of an active shooter incident aboard a barge adjacent to USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) at approximately 11:45 a.m. today, a security alert  was called away aboard the ship, located in NASSCO Shipyard in Portsmouth.  Taken very seriously, the ship’s security forces swept the barge but found no evidence of a shooting, no victims, no weapons, no peril.

“The Portsmouth Police followed, re-sweeping the barge and surrounding areas. Their sweep completed at 1435.  The ship’s security force has commenced a sweep of USS Carter Hall.  As of 1500 the ship remains on lockdown.

The investigation has now ended, and the crew was all accounted for and debriefed.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 for updates.