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No active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the area is declared safe, ” says base

Reports of an active shooter sent rescuers racing to the hospital at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio on Thursday afternoon.

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The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base confirmed Thursday there was no “real-world active shooter incident” at the base, after the earlier reports of one.

The basis in the first instance, said: the emergency services rushed to the scene of a “reported active shooter incident” at the medical center around 12:40 pm, But after further investigation, officials found that it was not “an actual active shooter incident.”

There was no real active shooter incident at Wright-Patterson AFB and base personnel remain safe.

— Wright-Patterson AFB (@WrightPattAFB) August 2, 2018

“This reported incident occurred during a normal, planned system of exercise that an Active Shooter scenario at a separate location in Area A,” the base-tweeted.

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— Wright-Patterson AFB (@WrightPattAFB) August 2, 2018

The base said security forces came after someone who thought that “a real-world incident” was the current 911.

“As a result, the security services responded to the scene and began a systematic sweep and clean up of the entire hospital,” the tweet said. “In an attempt to breech a door that was closed, a security forces member discharged his firearm to open the door and proceed with the sweep of the facility.

The base said the area was “declared safe”, although the people to steer clear of the hospital area.

Video earlier from outside the hospital showed service members and others outside of the building about two hours after the active shooter reports to the front. The Dayton Daily News reported people were seen leaving the building with their hands in the air.

People walk with their hands up amid reports of an active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Ohio on Thursday.

(Marshall Gorby/Dayton Daily News via AP)

The Dayton Daily News reported that people were seen leaving the building with their hands in the air.

(Marshall Gorby/Dayton Daily News via AP)

Local media reported that an alert is sent to base personnel asking them to take cover, according to the Dayton Daily News.

#BREAKING: Active shooter reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hospital https://t.co/TZpQ5PzgGN pic.twitter.com/BDcjOJ65LM

— Morgan Saxton (@KUTVMorgan) August 2, 2018

The Wright State University and near schools temporarily went into lockdown after the first warnings went out. About 20 minutes after the warning is issued, the university tweeted had been told that the incident was “contained.”

Update 1:33 pm-We have been told that the incident is recorded. Furthermore, refer to your local news for further updates. https://t.co/DFwiM5QqPe

— The Wright State University (Dayton, OH) (@wrightstate) August 2, 2018

Ohio Gov. John Kasich asked for prayers in a tweet about the incident, adding that he “instructed the State Highway Patrol to provide all possible support to the workers the management of the situation.”

I have instructed the State Highway Patrol to provide all possible support to the workers the management of the situation at Wright-Patterson AFB & they are in constant contact.

Please join me in prayers for the safety of all concerned.

— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) August 2, 2018

Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman also issued statements on Twitter following the reports.

You can join us in the keep of the first responders, Wright-Patt staff and the entire Dayton community in our thoughts as we pray for the safety of everyone involved. https://t.co/rVVAZhqu2W

— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) August 2, 2018

“People who join us in the keep of the first responders, Wright-Patt staff and the entire Dayton community in our thoughts as we pray for the safety of everyone involved,” Brown wrote.

Jane and I are after the events that occurred at Wright-Patt. We thank our first responders for their efforts, and are praying for a safe conclusion for everyone involved.

— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) August 2, 2018

“Jane and I are after the events that occurred at Wright-Patt,” Portman tweeted. “We thank our first responders for their efforts, and are praying for a safe conclusion for everyone involved.”

The base was planned to hold quarterly exercises from July 30 to Aug. 3, the Dayton Daily News reported.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the local police were sending personnel from the base. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tweeted that the officials of their Columbus Field Division to respond to the foot.

The vast base is near Dayton in southwest Ohio and has about 27,000 civilian employees and military personnel.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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