- The Washington Times - Monday, June 11, 2018

Multiple news outlets reported that there was an active shooter inside the Justice Department on Monday afternoon, but it appears to have been a hoax.

Reports had come into Washington Metropolitan Police that the active shooter was in the building’s cafeteria, according to a Justice Department source.

Video posted by NBC showed law enforcement approaching the Justice Department building, which lies off Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Congress.

But Fox 5 DC reported that there was no sign of an active shooter.

“Police say scene at DOJ cleared, no sign of active shooter. Authorities say call was made by ‘third party’,” the channel’s Twitter feed reported.

Both ABC-7 and NewsChannel 8 reported similarly.

“Police source says this was likely some kind of hoax call,” reported Evan Lambert of Fox 5 DC.

The Justice Department remained locked down at 5:30 p.m., with no one allowed in or out of the building commonly called Main Justice. At 5:45, the Justice Department lifted the lockdown, allowing workers to enter and leave the building.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said on Twitter the building has been cleared for reentry.

“The ‘all clear’ has been given at the Department of Justice,” she tweeted. “No active shooter present.”

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