Shooting at US army base in Washington was an ‘exercise,’ no casualties: Official

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A reported shooting at the US Army’s highly secure Ft. Meade base north of Washington Thursday was just an exercise, with no casualties as originally reported, a base official said.

Andrew Arconti, chief of plans and operations at the base, told AFP that the ostensible incident was a planned exercise for such emergencies, after another official had confirmed the incident to AFP.

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An emergency official said earlier that five people were injured in the shooting.

“We had an active shooter at 9:46. We have five casualties,” Jeffrey McClendon, emergency manager with the base emergency operations center, told AFP.

Mclendon said the shooter was “contained” and that the status of those injured was unclear.

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