Friday, 8 April 2016

2 People Dead In Airfoce Base Shooting In Texas

SAN ANTONIO — Two people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide after a shooting Friday at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said.
The base was under a complete lockdown after reports of an active shooter around 8:30 a.m. Central Time.

Less than three hours later, the sheriff's office said the situation was contained and that the shooter is no longer active.

In a news conference at the base, Brig. Gen. Bob LaBrutta, the commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, said two men were found dead in an office on the first floor of building 147 of the Medina Annex, a classroom facility known as Forbes Hall. Two Glock weapons were found at the scene, he said.

He stressed that the shooting was not an act of terrorism, and declined to identify the two, saying their families must be notified first. The Air Force's Office of Special Investigations is leading the investigation, and the FBI is assisting.

"Right now it does appear to be a murder-suicide situation," said James Keith, spokesman for the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.

"This morning we received one of those calls you never want to receive," said LaBrutta. "The response to this tragic event was overwhelming and was absolutely outstanding We got to the facility in question in three minutes."

LaBrutta said only law enforcement such as security forces and Office of Special Investigations agents are allowed to carry weapons on base. He said the investigation will look at how the weapons were brought into the facility.