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Pigeon remover mistaken for active shooter, locks down Naval Hospital Guam

May. 15, 2014 - 10:47AM   |  
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The Naval Hospital was on lockdown this morning after what was reported to be an active shooter, but was later found to be a part of ongoing demolition activities.

Lt. Matt Knight, public affairs officer for Joint Region Marianas, said there was no active shooter at Naval Hospital.

He said a miscommunication happened about demolition activities going on at the hospital this morning.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture was at the old Naval hospital facility clearing pigeons in advance of the demolition of the building, he said.

He said the public is supposed to be well-informed in advance of these activities.

"That did not get communicated that this was occurring," he said.

Security swept the building and only found USDA workers who were clearing the building, he said. The workers were wearing orange vests wandering the building looking for the pigeons, he said.

Knight couldn't confirmed if the workers were using guns to do their work and more information about the demolition and how the miscommunication happened is being investigated, he said.

The hospital is out of lockdown.

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