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False active-shooter report sends Sheppard into lockdown

Apr. 24, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Security Forces Personel entered the South Chapel and began clearing the building looking for the Active Shooter. Security Forces Personnel fatally wounded the Active Shooter during an exercise held on Sheppard Air Force Base on 26 February 2013 (U.S. Air Force Photo by Danny Webb) (Released)
Security Forces Personel entered the South Chapel and began clearing the building looking for the Active Shooter. Security Forces Personnel fatally wounded the Active Shooter during an exercise held on Sheppard Air Force Base on 26 February 2013 (U.S. Air Force Photo by Danny Webb) (Released) (Danny Webb)
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An Air Force base in the midst of an active-shooter drill Thursday afternoon was forced to abandon the exercise in response to a report of suspected gunfire on the other side of the base.

What sounded like gunfire at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, turned out to be a jackhammer, said base spokesman Tech. Sgt. Mike Mears.

Base security forces participating in the drill were initiating a lockdown when the 911 call came in reporting gunfire. Airmen immediately stopped the exercise at about 3 p.m. local time to investigate the report on another part of the base. The entire base was locked down.

Soon after, the airmen discovered a the reported sound of gunshots had come from a jackhammer, Mears said.

The base stayed in a locked down “active-shooter posture” for about 40 minutes as security forces ensured there was no threat to the base, Mears said.

Active-shooter exercises are routine at Air Force bases across the country to ensure bases are secure. They became more frequent after the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 soldiers and wounded 31 others.

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