MCLEAN, Va. (AP/WRIC) — The Latest on the evacuation of the headquarters of USA Today (all times local):
A Northern Virginia police chief says it will take hours to clear an office building that houses the headquarters of USA Today following a report of a person with a gun.
So far, though, there’s been no sign of violence.
Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler said at a news conference that his department got a 911 call around noon Wednesday from the building saying an armed “former employee” had been seen there.
Roessler says it’s not clear yet whether that report is true. He says so far there are no reports of gunshots being fired.
Roessler says everyone hopes it “will be a nonevent” but it will take hours to finish searching the building floor by floor.
A Northern Virginia police chief says a report of a former Gannett employee with a handgun prompted the evacuation of the headquarters of USA Today.
Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler told The Associated Press on Wednesday afternoon that parts of the newspaper’s office building had since been evacuated. Roessler says people are still sheltering in place in other parts as officers work to clear the building in suburban Washington.
The police department said shortly after 1 p.m. that officers hadn’t found “evidence of any acts of violence or injuries.”
Fairfax County Police are responding to reports of an armed man at the Gannett Building in McLean.
According to police, the call came in at 11:56 a.m. for a report of a person with a weapon. Police responded to the building located at 7950 Jones Branch Drive.
Officers say there are no reports of shots fired, but a SWAT team is sweeping the area. Employees at the USAToday headquarters have been evacuated.
Police said there is no indication that it’s an active shooter, officers have not been able to confirm shots being fired.
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