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naval base san diegoSAN DIEGO — Officials locked down Naval Base San Diego for a short time Friday after a base employee reported that  a “suspicious individual” sped away in a white SUV after being asked for identification.

Navy spokesman Brian O’Rourke said the employee at an administrative building asked a man wearing a uniform to show an identification card shortly before 10 a.m. The man said he left the card in his vehicle. He walked to a Toyota Sequoia and drove off instead of retrieving the card.

Base security personnel was called, and had the base’s outgoing lanes closed while they conducted a search, O’Rourke said. Officials also issued an “shelter in place” order, meaning for all personnel were directed to stay put to make the search efforts easier, he said.

The gates were reopened about 11:15 a.m., but as of early afternoon, the suspicious individual had not been located, O’Rourke said.

Navy family physician Dr. Andy Baldwin on Twitter attributed the lockdown to “someone on base impersonating a 2 Star General.”

O’Rourke, however, said it was unclear if the individual actually was a member of the military who had forgotten his identification or an impostor.

“We don’t have enough information,” O’Rourke said. “That’s all under investigation right now.”

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