There are reports of an active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and the base is currently on lockdown on Thursday afternoon, according to the Associated Press.
UPDATE: Law enforcement officials have determined that this was a false alarm. While running scheduled tests, someone without that knowledge called the police to report the active shooter. “There was no real-world active shooter incident on Wright-Patterson AFB and base personnel remain safe,” the base said on Twitter.
A man has barricaded himself on the fourth floor of the base hospital, according to WDTN, a local NBC affiliate.
BREAKING: ATF Columbus Field Division is responding to reports of an active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. pic.twitter.com/ycVlbpZzYE
— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) August 2, 2018
The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base tweeted, “Our base security forces defenders and fire department personnel are trained to quickly assess situations and take necessary action,” and they confirmed that they were responding to the reports of an active shooter.
They also reported that “base personnel have been directed to shelter in place until the incident is investigated.”
Our first priority in any emergency incident is to protect the men and women at Wright-Patt. Our base security forces defenders and fire department personnel are trained to quickly assess situations and take necessary action. An investigation is under way.
— Wright-Patterson AFB (@WrightPattAFB) August 2, 2018
The base was placed on lockdown around 12:45 p.m., after there was a reported incident in the Wright-Patt hospital, according to WDTN.
It’s unclear if there have been any deaths or injuries, and no information about the shooter has been released.
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