Police: ‘No Evidence Of Violence’ At USA Today Building After Report Of Man With Weapon

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August 7, 2019 12:48 p.m.

This story has been updated.

The USA Today building in McLean, Virginia, was evacuated Wednesday after local police responded to a report of a man with a weapon. There was “no evidence of any acts of violence or injuries,” the Fairfax County Police said on Twitter.

Fairfax County police chief Edwin Roessler told reporters that his department had received a 911 call from the Gannett building (Gannett owns USA Today) about a “former employee” who was allegedly seen with a weapon.

Roessler wouldn’t confirm whether the person was a former Gannett employee, only that they used to work at the building.

According to a report by USA Today journalist Tom Vanden Brook, “hundreds” of office workers evacuated the building amid a “heavy police presence.” The paper reported that a loudspeaker announcement said the incident was inside the building.

The Fairfax County police tweeted an alert earlier warning people to “avoid the area.”

A USA Today staffer posted a photo on Twitter of a SWAT team officer on the scene:

USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page told MSNBC that employees and visitors have to go through a security checkpoint to get into the building and either provide a building pass or check in with the guard.

The situation comes days after a round of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend that left 31 people dead.

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