TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, California. – A wrong report of a shooter prompted the lockdown of Travis Air Force Base in California on Wednesday in the middle of an emergency training, the officials said.
The base ordered people to shelter in place and lock their doors and windows. Ports were closed for more than an hour before the all-clear was given on the site from 45 miles northeast of San Francisco .
“There were reports of shots fired on the Basis of Exchange. However, no shooter was found,” a base Facebook posting reported.
“There was a security exercise going on at the base and someone took a active shooter and they went from there,” said the US. Rep. John Garamendi, who was informed about the situation.
The scare came as the base was in the middle of a multi-day exercise to test and train personnel to respond to emergencies.
“These exercises to say that everyone on the basis of increased awareness,” Col. John Small, commander Travis, on the basis of 60 Air Mobility Wing, said in a statement. “Though it was a false alarm, our first responders reacted in the right way. We take every security incident very seriously. I have full confidence in our ability to respond to an emergency situation.”
The alarm came on a day marked by violence.
In Virginia, a gunman wounded Rep. Steve Scalise and several others during the training for a game of baseball with the congressional Republicans.
James T. Hodgkinson, 66, was fatally shot by the police, who already monitor Scalise, the House majority whip.
In San Francisco, a UPS employee opened fire inside a package delivery facility, killing three employees and himself, authorities said.