GUNMAN SOUGHT: Fairfax Police searching for ex-employee with a gun in Gannett building; ‘No evidence of any acts of violence.’ USA TODAY headquarters evacuated


McLEAN, Va. — Heavily armed police officers evacuated USA TODAY’s headquarters in the Washington suburbs Wednesday after authorities said they received a report of a person with a weapon. 

Fairfax County, Virginia police reported that they were clearing the building without incident. The building remained subject to a mandatory evacuation Wednesday afternoon. 

Lt. Eric Ivancic said police received a call at 11:56 a.m., reporting that a man with gun was seen at the building, which holds the headquarters for USA TODAY, its parent company, Gannett Co., and offices for a variety of other businesses. Police were continuing to investigate, but there has been no evidence of shooting and they had not located anyone with a weapon, Ivancic said.

At a briefing later, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. said officers were searching for a former employee of one of the companies who he described as a “person of interest.” He declined to identify the person because he or she might have done nothing wrong. It will likely take several hours to complete the search of the building, he said.

“We all pray that this will be a non-event,” Roessler said. 


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