Government buildings were put on lockdown after reports of gunshots in the area
Government buildings were put on lockdown after fears an “active gunman” was on the loose in Pennsylvania Avenue – less than a mile from the White House.
Dozens of police cars and secret service vehicles were seen lined up outside the Trump Hotel opposite the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters.
An EPA official later confirmed on Twitter that the reports were “unfounded”.
Reporter for WUSA9 Mike Valerio tweeted: “Metropolitan Police responding to a ‘shots fired’ call on Pennsylvania Ave near #Trump Hotel.”
Reports said police had evacuated the EPA opposite the hotel, an area known as Federal Triangle which is home to several government buildings.
Cops tweeted later: “MPD responded to sounds of gunshots at 12th and Penn NW. Nothing found, location cleared.”
The EPA also confirmed on Twitter the building had been cleared and there were no injuries.
Mr Valerio said the initial emergency call reported shots from the 5th floor of the EPA building.
The EPA tweeted: “Fed Protective Services & DC Police responded to reported gunshots at EPA in DC.
“Building was cleared, no injuries & building is now secure.”
Local news outlet WJLA said secret service agents had also responded to reports of gunshots in the area just before 5pm local time (10pm BST).
Social media users said they had heard sirens and seen cops racing to the scene.
Betsy Whalen wrote: “15 or so police cars with sirens x the street from Trump Hotel in DC at Reagan building, with more cars arriving by the minute. ???”
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