Active shooter reported at Balboa Naval Medical Center

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UPDATE: No evidence of shooting at Balboa Naval Medical Center, Navy says

SAN DIEGO – Workers at the Naval Medical Center San Diego were told Tuesday morning to shelter in place because of a possible active shooter, the facility reported.

According to a written statement from the U.S. Navy, a single witness reported hearing three gunshots in the basement of Building 26 at about 8 a.m. That building is a combination gym and barracks at the medical center, the Navy said.

First responders and Navy dog units were searching Building 26 and the medical center has been locked down, with all personnel ordered to shelter in place, the Navy said.  There were no immediate reports of casualties. All gates to the medical center have been closed.

As of 10:10 a.m., Navy personnel have completed an initial sweep of Building 26, according to Kevin Dixon, public information officer of Navy Region Southwest. Searches found no evidence of a shooting anywhere in the building, he said. Searchers were in the process of a second search to be thorough, but so far no bullets, casings or bullet holes have been found, Dixon said.

Witnesses told FOX 5 reporter Robert Burns that the shooter fired several shots into the air and not at any people, perhaps as a warning of some kind.

A construction worker at the hospital spoke with FOX 5 reporter Jaime Chambers by telephone and said that he was sheltering in place at the facility. He said he had heard several gunshots and seen heavily armed law enforcement officers  searching the facility.

San Diego High School, Garfield High School and Roosevelt Middle School were all locked down as a precaution because of their proximity to Naval Medical Center San Diego, said Linda Zintz, a spokeswoman for San Diego Unified Schools. "Parents should be reassured that their kids are safe and we are monitoring the situation closely," Zintz said.

As of 9:30 a.m., the lock-downs had been lifted at all three schools, according to a tweet from the school district.

All Navy childcare facilities have been concerned, according to a Facebook post by Naval Base San Diego post.

Parents should stay at home so as not to create a chaotic situation outside the schools.

U.S. Marshals and the California Highway Patrol were assisting at the hospital. The San Diego Police Department told FOX 5 that they had received reports of  a shooter at the hospital, but their assistance had not been requested.

This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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  • Todd

    Being a Navy base, U.S. Navy police and security forces will handle this which is why civilian law enforcement is not requested…

  • ROD

    Now lets sit around and wait for all these retarded polititians make MORE strict laws Allow the troops and law abiding citizens to CCW and solve the issue of all these active shooters. Maybe more retards will think twice knowing anyone can be armed.

  • John

    The Vet “on the phone” Jay Ojeda gave you BS about firearms training in the Navy. Personnel who get trained in firearms…. Gate Guards, Security Personnel, (ship) quarterdeck watch standers, SeaBee’s (construction battalion) , and Certain Aviation personnel. San Diego bases haven’t had a MOU with local law enforcement since the 90’s. I can also guess their active shooter training is watching a video. How do I know these things?? I served 22 years as a Gunners mate with a specialty in firearms instruction and authored a training Dbase that was used by the CNRSW Law Enforcement / Physical Security Department..

    • Jay

      Hey John,

      Good to read a response from a fellow Navy guy. The majority of members in the Navy, not all of course, had some basic rifle skills taught to them during basic training. I am in the reserves now, after 9 total active years, and our newest members, as of late last year, had been on the beam course- at least. If you are on a ship, you are likely to get qualified to stand Petty Officer of the Watch at some point,and have some basic familiarity with weapons. Heck, you can’t even drive around on most bases and not hear a gun range somewhere. .

      They are also requiring NKO courses in the 9mm and M4/16 for anyone serving overseas, not just the personnel you mentioned… IE: People like Cargo Handlers, Journalists, Intel, etc.have to complete the course before going. It is part of the process. I fit into none of the categories you gave but have three weapon qualifications.

      I also have 20 years in and I came back from Afghanistan in 2014. Since that time, the Navy has been conducting active shooter training, both video and live situations. In fact, this year alone, they have done drills across the Navy and will likely do more now. We just did one last reserves weekend. It was not required though.


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      • Karen

        I did get out in 2008 but had zero weapons training. Boot did not do a firing range (2000/2001 winter) and on the ship I was not armed standing watch on the Officer’s QD. We had a security force. The first time I fired a gun was November 2015 when my husband took me to a civilian range to teach me. Granted it has been 8 years since I separated…a long time for changes to be made.

  • elf

    fox news may need better reporters who get the truth not the hype: “…heard several shots fired into the air…” If that’s what these people reported to an outside source; I’d have to think they’re wrong for doing so. If fox elaborated on what they were told. .. . well guess thats the nature of media.

  • delete tinder

    Someone with PTSD obviously making things interesting on a Tuesday morning. Did hear from someone who would know that shots were fired and it was a veteran with PTSD freaking out but the situation was under control.

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