Fort Meade training exercise prompts national media to report fake ‘mass shooting’

A sign outside Fort Meade, headquarters of the National Security Agency (NSA). (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

An apparent training exercise at Fort Meade in Maryland prompted a number of national outlets to report that multiple people had been shot at the facility Thursday morning.

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CNN, along with at least one AFP reporter and The Sun, reported on the incident.

The AFP and The Sun have since updated that the incident was an exercise.

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Fort Meade officials said via their Facebook page:


The Active Shooter incident in the building 2234, intersection of Huber and Pyle Roads has been contained. The command 'ALL CLEAR' has been authorized.


Fort Meade reached out to FOX 5 around 1 p.m. to confirm that the incident was a drill.

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Citing a spokesperson, WJZ in Baltimore says the reports were "debunked."