- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating after a false alarm about an active shooter was sent to VA hospitals nationwide.

Daniel Henry is a spokesman for the Hampton VA Medical Center in Virginia. He says the alert was sent inadvertently from Hampton on Tuesday during training on a new emergency notification system, and reached about 23,000 employees at hospitals nationwide.

He said Wednesday that officials haven’t determined whether the mistake was due to human error or an equipment glitch.

Trump to pull feds out of K-12 education
Bloomberg using Trump's playbook, but strategy faces big hurdles
Nancy Pelosi's hostage video

Henry said it was quickly discovered, and employees were notified. He said the alert “caused some anxiety” at the Hampton hospital, where staffers sheltered in place for about 10 minutes.

In Richmond, police responded to the alert but were told upon arrival that it was a false alarm.

Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide