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The Latest: Navy: No evidence of shooting at shipyard

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a report of an active shooter at a Virginia shipyard (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

The Navy says it has found no evidence of a shooting aboard a barge in a Virginia shipyard after a report of an active shooter.

Navy spokesman Jim DeAngio said in a statement Thursday that officials received a report of an active shooter aboard a barge next to the USS Carter Hall, which is in the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. shipyard.

DeAngio says security forces swept the barge but “found no evidence of a shooting, no victims, no weapons, no peril.” He says Portsmouth police reswept the barge and surrounding area. Security forces have also started a sweep of the ship, which remains on lockdown.

Tyree Jones was delivering milk to the shipyard when he says he heard an announcement that a shooter was on the pier, followed by what sounded like two or three gunshots.

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2 p.m.

Police in Virginia say they are investigating a report of an active shooter.

The Portsmouth Police Department tweeted Thursday that emergency dispatch got a 911 call about the possible shooter at 11:46 a.m.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the call came from the location of General Dynamics, an aerospace and defense corporation.

Police spokesman Lt. B.K. Hall tells the paper that the department could not “confirm that it’s legitimate or not.” He says no victims have been found.

The police department says that whatever happened occurred on a “Navy facility” and referred questions to the Navy.

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1:20 p.m.

Police in Virginia say they are investigating a report of an active shooter.

The Portsmouth Police Department tweeted Thursday that dispatch got a 911 call about the possible active shooter at 11:46 a.m.

No further information was immediately available.

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