Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Possible Active Shooter Prompts Lockdown at US Army Post in Alabama

Possible Active Shooter Prompts Lockdown at US Army Post in Alabama

A Tuesday morning lockdown at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama was lifted after a "possible active shooter" alert, but movements inside the Army military facility are still limited as an investigation into the incident continues.

"I believe we saw very clearly that the reaction of our first responders was spot on", he said. No injuries have been reported, he added. The Sparkman Center's main building is about 1.5 million square feet, Holliday said. A base spokesman says there are no confirmed reports of casualties. "I'm not sure myself." he was quoted by a Washington Post report as saying.

All gates are closed and the public is advised to avoid the area.

According to WHNT, the base was supposed to have an active shooter training session this week, but authorities said the incident today is not a drill.

A spokesman for Redstone Arsenal told Huntsville, Alabama, NBC affiliate WAFF-TV that there was possibly an active shooting and was not a drill. "The tweet urged people near the base to 'run, hide, fight".

All Redstone Arsenal gates are now open following a possible emergency situation Tuesday morning.

The base is the army's centre for rockets and missiles and is also home to the NASA Marshall Space Flight Centre. Specifically, he says, "We did have initial reports of someone hearing shots fired and someone seeing a weapon".

Colster had said the report of a shooter was not part of any exercise.

An Army email sent to facility personnel and relatives shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday said an active shooter was reported on the second floor of Building 5301, the Aviation and Missile Command building at the Sparkman Center complex. Installation is locked down.

However, while Federal Bureau of Investigation and ATF officials told us they were on the scene for responding to the "possible active shooter", other key players in such an event indicated they had not been called upon to respond.

Ambulances and police cars have been spotted scrambling to the scene near the Sparkman Center - the army's missile and aviation command headquarters.

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