JBSA-Lackland lifts lockdown after reports of an active shooter

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JBSA-Lackland lifts lockdown after reports of an active shooter

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has lifted its lockdown after concerns that there was an active shooter near the base on Tuesday.

The lockdown was lifted at around 11:30, about an hour and a half after JBSA initially tweeted that there was an active shooter near the base.

Shortly after Joint Base San Antonio’s initial tweet about the shooting, the San Antonio Police Department tweeted that it was investigating reports of “shots fired” off Medina Base Road just outside the gates of JBSA-Lackland but said it was not an active shooter situation and there was no threat to the public.

At around 9:30 a.m., Lackland security personnel said at least six to eight gunshots could be heard off base, Brig. Gen. Russell Driggers said during a news conference. Driggers is the commander of Joint Base San Antonio.

Driggers said there was an incident with a shooter but did not provide details. He also said officials were still investigating, and he was unsure if anyone had been taken into custody in connection with the incident.

Joint Base San Antonio at about 10 a.m. issued an active shooter alert through a tweet after reports of gunshots were heard near the base in the area of Cedarhurst Drive and Ferncroft.

In the tweet, JBSA said the gunshots were heard off-base and that the base had gone under lockdown. 

“In an event like this we have procedures and put the base on lockdown,” Driggers said during the news conference. “And that gave security forces personnel in concert with Bexer County and San Antonio Police the time and space to be able to evaluate the situation.” 

Soon after the initial tweet, JBSA tweeted that there was no threat to anyone residing on base.

“I just want to note that at times like these, with the events that have been happening recently, we want to take these types of situations very seriously,” Driggers said. “We have procedures that we put in place to do that.”