PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Navy officials are investigating a death and report of an active shooter at Naval Support Activity Portsmouth Annex Tuesday.
Officials with Portsmouth Naval Public Affairs told WAVY.com they heard an active shooter announcement come over the loudspeaker around 9:30 a.m. Officials say the grounds and hospital were put on lockdown for about 15 minutes.
“It was just an announcement,” said a person who heard the alert inside Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. “They said, ‘Code White. This is not a drill.'”
Witnesses told WAVY.com they locked doors, turned off lights and hid in rooms during the lockdown.
“At the time I was doing a floor, they told me to stay inside the ward,” said Tyrone Williams, who works at the hospital. “[They said] not to go out, to stay inside the ward, like a lockdown.”
A source said it appears to have been a suicide on the base. Navy officials could only confirm a Sailor was found dead in a barracks room after failing to report to work. The death is under investigation.
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The Navy has not released the name or gender of the deceased Sailor. Base operations returned to ‘business as usual’ while NCIS is still investigating exactly what happened.
This is the second active shooter call to go out on a Navy base in the area in a matter of weeks. In March, Master-at-Arms Mark Mayo was killed by a man who tried to get on board USS Mahan at Naval Station Norfolk.
Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.