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Shots fired outside Walter Reed medical center

A police spokesman says it "could've been tragic" outside Walter Reed Army Medical Center today, as an armed security guard opened fire on another guard near an entrance to the hospital.
/ Source: The Associated Press

An armed security guard at Walter Reed Army Medical Center opened fire at another guard Wednesday outside a busy entrance to the hospital, police said. No one was injured.

The guards had been arguing at about 8:30 a.m. when one of them fired as many as 10 shots, Lt. Jimmie Riley said.

The other guard, who was not hit, ran to a nearby house to call police, Riley said. The guard who fired the shots was taken into custody.

“We’re very fortunate,” Riley said. “It could’ve been tragic.”

The guards are employed by a private security firm, which is under contract to Walter Reed.

Police did not immediately release the identities of the guards.

The hospital in Washington is the Army’s premier center for treating injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.