Update, 1:37 am: After a lockdown that began Thursday evening at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the “all clear” was given. The lockdown was lifted shortly after 1:30 a.m. early Friday morning.
Update, 12:54 p.m .: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security personnel are still conducting raids after reports of an active rifleman Thursday night.
“At this point, Wright-Patt security forces are still raiding NASIC,” said a tweet posted by the base at 12:44 pm on Friday.
The post refers to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, where rescue workers responded to a report from an active shooter around 9:25 p.m. on Thursday.
Previous reporting: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is under lock and key following a report of an active shooting on Thursday evening.
Rescue workers responded to a report from an active rifleman at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center in Area A around 9:25 p.m., according to a tweet from the base.
“Security forces are currently sweeping the building,” the tweet said. “The base is sealed off.”
From 11:40 p.m., the base’s “Giant Voice” warning system warned staff to “take cover and stay in your offices until the lockdown is heard”.
According to its website, the base underwent active shooter training in August. During this training, the base command center used Giant Voice to inform staff that the entire installation was locked.
“All of our military and civilian employees are trained to quickly assess the situation and take appropriate measures,” said the base in a follow-up tweet at 10:57 p.m.
In 2018, an unidentified person named 911 called 911 who believed an active shooter drill at Wright-Patterson Medical Center was a reality, prompting security forces to break into the hospital building and evacuate the hospital.
Wright State University advised its campus community to stay away from areas near the north end of campus as rescue workers respond to reports of an active rifleman at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
“Wright State Police have received several reports that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Police have responded to an incident involving active shooters on the base and have initiated lockdown procedures,” the university said in a Facebook post Thursday evening.
The National Air and Space Intelligence Center is the Department of Defense’s “primary source of foreign air and space threats,” according to the base’s website. The center reports directly to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Cyber Effects.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is located approximately 11 miles northeast of Dayton, Ohio. As the largest single-location employer in Ohio, the company has an annual economic impact of $ 4.2 billion and employs over 30,000 people including the military, civilians and contractors.
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