USA Today HQ in Virginia evacuated after ‘mistaken’ report of gunman

The headquarters of USA Today in Tysons Corner, a Virginia suburb outside Washington, DC, was evacuated on Aug 7th following reports of a gunman on the loose. No shooter was found, however, an police said the report was “mistaken.”

Law enforcement officers arrived at the newspaper’s headquarters around noon on Wednesday and began evacuating the scene, after receiving reports of a “man with weapon” nearby. 

Videos shared on social media show lines of evacuees leaving the building and police helicopters circling overhead.

Fairfax County police confirmed that an incident was reported to them, but did not elaborate on whether it was an active shooter event or not. Reports of gunshots are as of yet unconfirmed.

“At this time, we have found no evidence of any acts of violence or injuries,” Fairfax police tweeted.

Though police vehicles, SWAT officers and helicopters converged on the scene in force, an FBI official later told reporter Mike Valerio of WUSA-TV that the incident was “not a shooting.” 

Reports of an armed man inside the building were “mistaken,” police said in a press conference later in the day.