An active shooter situation was reported this morning at the San Diego Naval Medical Center, a military hospital in the city’s Balboa Park. However, no injuries were reported, and a Navy spokesman said that initial inspections of the facility found no sign of a shooting or gunman.
(Updated 1:35 p.m.)
A single person reported hearing the shots fired, CNN and the Los Angeles Times reported. “Apparently someone said they heard three shots in the basement of Building 26. Maybe they did or not is not the point, that’s what they reported so that’s why we responded accordingly,” Navy spokesman John Nylander told the Times. “We haven’t gotten any reports of any injuries.”
San Diego police confirmed to NBC that officials at the hospital had reported shots fired on the premises, and NBC reporters observed a SWAT truck entering the facility after the reports, a scene that was also captured by the breaking news website PzFeed.
BREAKING NEWS - ACTIVE SHOOTER: SWAT team arriving at San Diego Naval Medical Center. pic.twitter.com/qr7PWY2DKG— Breaking News Feed (@pzf) January 26, 2016
Several area schools and another local Naval base were placed on lockdown after the report, but the school lockdowns have since been lifted. The San Diego Zoo, which is near NMCSD, also seems to be on “business as usual,” according to NBC.
The NMCSD Facebook post also instructed non-emergency personnel to stay away from the hospital. It is unclear whether the report was the product of an intentional hoax.