A military base in Maryland where Vice President Kamala Harris and other top U.S. officials made a brief stop was placed on lockdown Sunday evening due to a security breach. Early reports spoke of an active shooter situation, though later it was reported there was an “armed individual” and no shots were fired.
Harris and her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, safely departed Joint Base Andrews in Prince George’s County on Marine Two after returning to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area from a trip to Selma, Alabama, for a “Bloody Sunday” anniversary event, NPR’s Scott Detrow, the press pool reporter for the vice president, said in a tweet Sunday just after 9 p.m. Harris and Emhoff headed back to their residence at the Naval Observatory. Some Cabinet members, who were also at the base after joining Harris on the flight from Selma on Air Force 2, have also been safely taken off the base.
Joint Base Andrews released a statement around 11:15 p.m. confirming a vehicle with two occupants blew past a security checkpoint, after which it was stopped and two individuals fled. One individual, who had a weapon, was apprehended, and the other was said to remain at large.
“At approximately 9 p.m. today, one vehicle drove through the security checkpoint and failed to adhere to commands of security personnel at the Main Gate on Joint Base Andrews, Maryland,” the statement said. “The 316th Security Forces Group immediately deployed the barriers and stopped the vehicle. Two individuals fled the vehicle, and one was apprehended by 316th SFG. One individual remains at large. We can confirm that the individual who was apprehended had a weapon, but no shots have been fired. There is not an active shooter situation at Joint Base Andrews; however, the intruder’s whereabouts are currently unknown.”
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