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BREAKING: Active shooter puts Naval Medical Center on lockdown; occupants urged to ‘run, hide or fight’

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We’re learning of breaking news out of California, with an active shooter situation at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

As NBC Los Angeles reports:

Naval Medical Center San Diego warned of a possible active shooter at the military hospital Tuesday morning and urged those at the facility to “run, hide or fight.”

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NMCSD posted the following notice to its Facebook page around 8:10 a.m. Tuesday: 

“**!ATTENTION!** An active shooter has just been been reported in building #26 at Naval Medical Center San Diego. All occupants are advised to run, hide or fight. All non-emergency response personnel are asked to stay away from the compound, located at 34800 Bob Wilson Drive, San Diego, CA 92134.” 

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At around 8:15 a.m., the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) confirmed that officials at NMCSD reported shots fired in the facility. There has been no confirmation of shots fired or injuries at the compound.

NMCSD advised all personnel to not report to work and avoid the area. Officials at the facility told NBC 7 that, as far as they know, this is not an active shooter drill or training.

NMCSD released the following details about an hour later:

“The sound of gunshots were reported in the basement of building #26 at Naval Medical Center San Diego at about 8 a.m. today. Naval Medical Center San Diego is treating this as a possible active shooter. All personnel are advised to execute active shooter procedures. Non-emergency response personnel are asked to stay away from the compound. San Diego Police Department and Chula Vista S.W.A.T. are on scene at building #26. More information will be provided as it becomes available.”

Individual buildings at the Naval hospital were all placed on lockdown, one employee said, and the front gate to the facility was also locked.

At around 8:30 a.m., two California Highway Patrol officers were seen entering the facility through an emergency room entrance near Florida Drive. A steady stream of other patrol cars from multiple agencies, including the SDPD and Chula Vista Police Department, could then be seen flowing into the area surrounding the military hospital.

By 8:45 a.m., a SWAT truck was seen storming the military hospital.

Interesting to note the advice to occupants, which includes “fight” — potentially controversial advice that seems to be on the rise in recent months in the face of increased threats from terrorism and an acknowledgement from law enforcement officials that even their fastest response can cost precious time in saving lives.

As of this writing, it’s not known whether there have been any casualties or injuries, or who the shooter might be. We’ll monitor the situation and bring you updates as available.

UPDATE:

CBS News now reporting the shooter has been detained.

[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]
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