Prince George’s County firefighters made service runs in Washington, D.C., and police are providing patrol cars at county Metro stops in reaction to a shooting at the Navy Yard.
Ambulances and fire engines from the Oxon Hill, Allentown Road and Silver Hill areas were sent to assist with calls while first responders handled the emergency situation at the Navy Yard, Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said.
Having nearby local emergency resources fill in isn’t uncommon, but it typically only happens in emergency situations like the shooting, Brady said.
Prince George’s police will provide patrol cars at all county Metro stops to provide reassurance for commuters, police spokesman Lt. William Alexander said.
At least 13 people were killed during a Monday morning mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard after gunmen opened fire, causing chaos as victims attempted to flee from the gunfire, according to media reports.
One of the suspected gunmen identified by authorities was Aaron Alexis of Texas, who was one of the 12 dead, and authorities are searching potentially for one more suspect, according to media reports.
Fire Chief Marc Bashoor told Brady that PGFD will assist the District with whatever means necessary, Brady said.
“We were not overburdened with the loss of those units,” he said.
As of about 3:20 p.m. all of the PGFD units had been called back, Brady said.
Alexander said the increased patrols at Metro stops was not in response to concerns of the potential suspect fleeing to Prince George’s or in response to direct threats on Metro riders. It’s about making sure people know the police are there, he said.
“There is absolutely no specific threat,” Alexander said. “We just want people to see a police presence.”
Brady and Alexander both said they did not know if any of those who were confirmed dead were from the county.