Latest: Chief: Report of armed ex-employee led to evacuation

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the evacuation of the headquarters of USA Today (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

A Northern Virginia police chief says a report of a former Gannett employee with a handgun prompted the evacuation of the headquarters of USA Today.

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler told The Associated Press on Wednesday afternoon that parts of the newspaper’s office building had since been evacuated. Roessler says people are still sheltering in place in other parts as officers work to clear the building in suburban Washington.

The police department said shortly after 1 p.m. that officers hadn’t found “evidence of any acts of violence or injuries.”

Taylor Rosa, an accountant for Gannett, says some workers looked panicked as they evacuated but others were just confused.

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12:55

The headquarters of USA Today has been evacuated as police respond to reports of a man with a weapon in the building.

The newspaper reported that alarms sounded and police squad cars converged on the scene Wednesday as employees waited outside. Law enforcement officers with rifles and body armor patrolled the area and a helicopter hovered overhead.

Fairfax County police in a tweet urged people to avoid the area, but provided no other immediate details.

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