UPDATE: Earlier news of a man with a gun inside of the USA Today Headquarters in McLean, Virginia turned out to be a false report, according to online reports. The building was evacuated around noon, but there were no signs of an actual weapon or any violence at the property.
From Delaware Online:
Lt. Eric Ivancic said police received a call at 11:56 a.m., reporting that a man with gun was seen at the building, which holds the headquarters for USA TODAY, its parent company, Gannett Co., and offices for a variety of other buildings. Ivancic said police were continuing to investigate but there has been no evidence of shooting and they have not located anyone with a weapon. There was no indication of a shooting or a shooter at the building, according to a federal law enforcement official who was not authorized to speak publicly.
USA Today Headquarters in McLean, Virginia has been evacuated following reports of a man with a gun, the paper’s own website reported. Police responded to the situation and the SWAT team showed up in body armer with rifles as the evacuation was taking place.
The building was evacuated after alarms rang, though there have been no reports of an actual shooting at this time.
— William Dyer (@wdyerz) August 7, 2019
From the report:
Fairfax County police tweeted around noon that they were responding to reports of a man with a weapon at the building. Officials provided no other details. Police warned people to avoid the area, which is near the Capital Beltway, major regional malls and office buildings.
Fairfax County Police have confirmed there is an ongoing situation.
“We are responding to reports of a man with weapon at the Gannett Building located at 7950 Jones Branch Drive in McLean. Please avoid the area, updates to follow #FCPD,” the police department wrote on Twitter.
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