Lockdown lifted after shots fired in direction of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland

Base issued “active shooter alert” Tuesday morning
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Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 10:35 AM CDT
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KWTX) - Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has lifted a lockdown after it issued an “active shooter alert” Tuesday morning when gunfire was apparently fired in its direction.

Shortly after the alert was issued at around 10 a.m., security forces and local law enforcement officers responded to the base and surrounding communities. The investigation into the shooting was focused near one of the base gates off Medina Base Road.

“Reports indicate a suspect fired shots in the direction of Lackland,” said the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation indicated “there were no hits to any persons or property,” the sheriff’s office further said.

The sheriff’s office and the San Antonio Police Department both reassured the community after the lockdown was lifted, saying there is no threat to the public and the heavy response from law enforcement saturating the area is merely to help Lackland security forces clear nearby locations for safety purposes.

KENS, the CBS affiliate in San Antonio, reported Brig. Gen. Russell D. Driggers said the lockdown had been lifted “even though teams were still investigating.”

Driggers told KENS the base’s first priority was to ensure the safety and security of the base personnel. “Given recent events, people are going to be very tuned in to this. So you are going to have multiple inputs, multiple phone calls,” Brig. Gen. Driggers said. “And it really is the team’s job to come together, evaluate what actually happened, that’s why we had the lockdown. To give them the time and space to do that.”

The base gave the “all clear” at about 11:30 a.m. “Locked down areas on JBSA-Lackland will reopen and gates will return to standard operations,” it said.

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