Lockdown lifted after active shooter report at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Posted at 11:19 AM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 13:44:37-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va . — Officials at Norfolk Naval Shipyard called reports of an active shooter a "false alarm" after a threatening message was discovered on a restroom wall at the shipyard around 9 a.m., along with separate reports of an active shooter.     

At this point, the two things are not known to be related.

A responding SWAT team entered the shipyard and cleared a building. The shipyard was in lockdown, but the lockdown conditions have since been lifted and the shipyard has returned to normal operations.

According to officials, NCIS and Shipyard law enforcement officers responded to the scene as well.

NNSY says it takes these threats very seriously and will work with NCIS to fully investigate the matter.

Back in June 2018, NCIS was offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for threatening messages that appeared at the base. The reward was offered within 10 days of the threatening messages being discovered.

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