Mistaken lively shooter report places Spangdahlem Air Base on lockdown throughout base train
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A report of an lively shooter at Spangdahlem Air Base on Thursday that prompted a base lockdown and despatched airmen hiding beneath desks turned out to be a false alarm.
Lockdown procedures — together with gate closures — had been applied for about two hours after the 52nd Safety Forces Squadron responded to studies of noises resembling gunshots at about 9:10 a.m., the bottom mentioned in a press release launched shortly after the lockdown was lifted.
A sweep of the bottom discovered nothing of concern, the assertion mentioned, noting all personnel had been safe. The lockdown was lifted at about 11:10 a.m.
Officers couldn’t instantly say whether or not the report of gunshot-sounding noises was associated to a base readiness train taking place this week, a spokeswoman mentioned after the all clear was sounded.
A message concerning the train posted on Spangdahlem’s official Fb website final week famous that it will contain simulated detonations together with elevated flying operations, siren sounds and voice bulletins.
In the course of the lockdown, one of many colleges on Spangdahlem despatched a message to folks that there was a shooter on the bottom, advising residents to “take fast motion to evade, evacuate or defend your self.”
On Fb, College of Maryland College Faculty Europe Spangdahlem additionally warned its college students of an lively shooter on the bottom, saying it was not a drill.
Final 12 months, Wright-Patterson Air Drive Base in Ohio was locked down for about two hours because of studies of a shooter that turned out to be false. The incident occurred throughout an set up train that included an lively shooter state of affairs.
In June 2017, a mistaken report of a shooter despatched Travis Air Drive Base in California into lockdown throughout an emergency coaching train.
It’s unclear whether or not Spangdahlem’s train concerned an lively shooter state of affairs.
“The security and safety of Spangdahlem’s Airmen, workers and households is a prime precedence and the procedures used immediately are in place to maintain individuals protected,” the bottom assertion mentioned.