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Reported active shooter at Norfolk Naval Shipyard was a false alarm, officials say

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Posted at 12:04 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 13:36:04-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Officials with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard have given an all clear after a social media post made by NNSY stated there was an active shooter on Monday.

Nearly 12 minutes after posting the message on social media, NNSY clarified that that the post was a false alarm.

The original post stated: “NNSY THIS IS NOT A DRILL – Active Shooter reported Dry Dock 8 building. RUN, HIDE, FIGHT. All facilities on NORFOLK NAVAL SHIPYARD commence lockdown procedures IAW your building Emergency Action Plan. Report suspicious activity to 396-5111. Lock-down procedures will remain in effect until further notice.”

A spokesperson with Navy Region Mid-Atlantic confirmed with News 3 that this was in fact a miscommunication and there was not an active shooter.

According to a statement, miscommunication happened when a contracted employee suffered an electrical shock.

The employee was transported to a medical facility, but was reportedly in stable conditions.

This comes at a time when Navy installations across the country are taking part in a security exercise through the end of the week.