Suspect in Navy hospital bomb threat in custody

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads is operating normally after security forces responded simultaneously to a bomb threat and a suspicious package at separate buildings inside the installation Wednesday afternoon.

Jim Moir, Deputy Director for Public Affairs with the Navy said gates to the installation were closed around 1:15 p.m. after a report of a suspicious package in the food court in Building 3 at the hospital. At the same time, a bomb threat was reported at the hospital galley in Building 2, otherwise known as Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

Both buildings and some nearby areas were evacuated. Patients and staff who were not evacuated sheltered in place.

Some staff members were alerted via text message. WAVY.com obtained the text message, which read as follows:

code black text message

ATTENTION NMCP Staff Code “Black” in progress stand by for further information.

The message was received at 1:35 p.m.

Moir said the suspect heard making the threat at Building 2 was taken into custody and is being questioned. The bag at Building 3 was determined to be unattended luggage.

“Security forces using bomb dogs investigated an unattended bag in one building and a reported bomb threat in another. No devices were found at either location. Authorities do not believe the incidents were related,” Moir said.

The “all clear” was given around 3 p.m. Moire said the installation and hospital have reopened.

“Events like today’s demonstrate the importance of our training and drills to protect our people and facilities. I appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding for the inconvenience it may have caused,” said NSA Hampton Roads Commanding Officer Capt. Jake Johansson.

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