Authorities are investigating a shooting at an air force base in Ohio: all-clear has been given but surveillance continues.
Marie Vanover, the director of public affairs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), said that authorities were called around 12:40PM after an incident at the base hospital, building 830. The medical center has more than 4000 annual admissions, according to its license. Vanover added, “No additional details are available at this time and info will be released as it becomes available.”
At 1:33PM, officials from Wright State University tweeted out that the situation had been contained. At around 2PM, it was revealed that Officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were responding to reports of a shooting at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The base was scheduled to hold quarterly exercises, and officials suspected that might have something to do with the reported disturbances.
At 2:25PM, emergency dispatch suggested someone might be barricaded inside the hospital. People were seen being evacuated from the building with their hands up by other personnel in camouflage uniforms. Base officials did not confirm whether there had been a shooting at this point.
At 2:40PM, an all clear was given to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel. While the alert stated that the threat had passed, people are still being asked to steer clear of the medical center where the original disturbance was reported.
At 3:15PM, a base worker, Elena Arrasmith, told WHIO that when she returned from break she found the base on lockdown. She said, “We were just in our exercise. I left for lunch and came back to a real world event happening.” She added that she had not experienced anything similar in her time on base so far. She waited outside the locked break to pick up her daughter, who was inside. She said, “I just want to go and get her, and I can’t. I don’t think I’ve experienced anything … worse than that.”
At 3:45PM, WPAFB officials confirmed via Facebook that the police response was due to a 911 call by a person who thought that an active shooter drill on base was a real attack.
At 4:45PM, Col. Tom Sherman said in a press conference, “Everyone is safe.” He confirmed that the incident was not an actual shooter incident. He also declared the scene safe, but refrained from adding any more details because of the ongoing investigation.
He said, “Our base personnel are trained to handle these situations. They responded with an incredible amount of professionalism. Our hospital facility is approximately 99,000 square feet. It took a lengthy amount of time to clear the facility. We received a 911 telephone call from inside the hospital from someone who truly believed there was an active shooter situation.” He denied to comment on whether the person that made the 911 call would face any consequences.
We will continue to update this article as more information is revealed.