MCLEAN, Va. – The headquarters of USA TODAY have been evacuated after police received reports that a person inside the building was seen with a gun.
A massive police presence swarmed the area as officers in tactical gear cleared the Virginia media outlet’s campus just after 12 p.m. Wednesday.
— Nathan Bomey (@NathanBomey) August 7, 2019
It is now being reported that despite the 911 caller’s report, no one has been found with a weapon as of right now. A police helicopter is reportedly flying over the area.
USA TODAY reported that Lt. Eric Ivancic said local 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 businesses. Police were continuing to investigate, but there has been no evidence of a shooting and they have not located anyone with a weapon, Ivancic said.
Fairfax County Police reported that they were clearing the building without incident. All personnel have been safely evacuated from inside the building.
Posts from social media show the police presence.
— William Dyer (@wdyerz) August 7, 2019
Susan Page, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief: “My co-workers have been evacuated from the building… We are kind of in a wait-and-see mood at the moment. My colleagues have told me that there are a lot of police officers on the scene now.” pic.twitter.com/mjFOQZCwt5
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 7, 2019
Because the building holds other offices, authorities herded hundreds of people safely out of the building while they spread out through the building to search for the alleged gunman.
— Kristen DelGuzzi (@kristendel) August 7, 2019
An investigation is ongoing. Law Enforcement Today will continue to update this article as more information is released.