Texas Air Force base locked down over reports of gunfire


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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect a later briefing from base officials, where they walked back some initial reports from the base about the gunfire.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An Air Force base in San Antonio was placed on lockdown after reports that someone may have opened fire at a gate outside the base, but no one was hurt and authorities are still investigating the claims.

Joint Base San Antonio first issued an “active shooter warning” midday Wednesday, telling all Lackland Air Force Base personnel to go into lockdown. An alert on Twitter said: “Real World, LOCKDOWN, LOCKDOWN, LOCKDOWN.”

A follow-up message said there were no suspected injuries as of about 11:30 a.m. and that the gunfire was reported outside the base’s Valley Hi Gate, just east of Interstate 410 and near a shopping center.

Officials initially said that they had reports of two gunmen firing shots from the gate toward an area where base personnel were training, then running off when authorities responded.

But in a press conference Wednesday afternoon, News4SA said officials are still trying to determine if shots were actually fired. Lt. Col. Brian S. Loveless said it’s not confirmed there were two gunmen, but an investigation is ongoing.

“We’re trying to investigate a couple of leads right now to confirm that gunshots actually did take place on the installation,” Loveless said.

“There’s a lot of facilities on this installation that are very important to the Air Force. I would rather overreact (to a gunfire report) than underreact,” he later added.

JBSA confirmed there are no injuries.

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