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No 'real world' active shooter at Wright-Patterson hospital (UPDATED)

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    People run with their hands up amid reports of an active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Ohio on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (Marshall Gorby/Dayton Daily News via AP)

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE (Dayton Daily News) — Wright-Patterson Air Force Base officials in Ohio Thursday confirmed a person inside the base medical center called 911 to report an active shooter, but none was found.

No one was injured, according to Col. Tom Sherman, Wright-Patterson Installation Commander. The base was given the all-clear, and personnel were being asked to avoid the medical center.

After the call was made to 911, security forces began a systematic sweep of the 99,000 square foot facility. At one point, a security officer discharged his weapon to get through a locked door.

What made Thursday’s incident more complicated for base responders is that a half mile away in the Kittyhawk section of Area A, a planned, scheduled installation exercise involving an active shooter scenario was taking place.

That exercise stopped immediately with the news of the call about a possible active shooter at the medical center.

“We don’t have any reason to believe the 911 caller was influenced by any exercise activity,” said Daryl Mayer, base spokesperson.

The scheduled exercise was published to all base personnel before Thursday.

The training exercise did not use any simulated gunfire, and the weapons being used were brightly colored and clearly not real, Mayer said.

Sherman said he doesn’t think anything went wrong during the incident.

“I’d like to redefine it by saying we received a 911 telephone call from inside the hospital from someone who truly believed there was an emergency situation taking place.”

The gunshot fired by a member of the WPAFB security forces during the sweep of the base medical center is under investigation, as is the entirety of what happened on the base Thursday, Sherman said.

“We have thorough investigation that’s taking place that will give us the opportunity to determine the context, the reaction and decisions that were made,” Col. Sherman said.

“We treat all scenarios with a level of urgency to determine the reality and ensure that we are responding according to the situations that are dictated to us … ,” he said.

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***Previous reporting ***

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Federal and state authorities in armored vehicles and unmarked cars swarmed onto an Air Force base in Ohio on Thursday amid reports of an active shooter at a medical center.

Workers at Wright-Patterson were told to shelter in place on the sprawling base.

Video from outside of the hospital showed service members and others standing outside the building about two hours after the base said emergency workers responded to reports of an active shooter. WHIO-TV reported that an announcement was made telling some people to leave the building with their hands on their heads.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said via Twitter it was among several agencies.

Stacey Geiger, with the base's public affairs office, said the base was on lockdown but she had no other information to release.

Local police were directing traffic away from the base, which is Ohio's largest single-site employer with more than 27,000 civilian employees and military personnel.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and local police also had officers at the base.

The base was the site where the Dayton Peace Accords were finalized in 1995, an international peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia.

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Federal and state authorities in armored vehicles and unmarked cars swarmed onto a sprawling Air Force base in Ohio on Thursday amid reports of an active shooter at a medical center.

Workers at Wright-Patterson were told to shelter in place on the sprawling base in southwest Ohio.

WHIO-TV reported that an announcement was made at the medical center telling some people inside the building to leave with their hands on their heads.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said via Twitter it was among several agencies responding to the active shooter reports.

Wright-Patterson sent a tweet saying it was responding to "a reported incident."

Stacey Geiger, with the base's public affairs office. said the base was on lockdown but she had no other information to release.

Local police were directing traffic away from the base, which is Ohio's largest single-site employer with more than 27,000 civilian employees and military personnel.

 

Earlier, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base stated via Twitter that they were responding to "a reported incident" at about 12:40 p.m. EDT Thursday.

Shortly before 2 p.m., the base’s Twitter account said security forces and firefighters responded to the hospital for a reported active shooter, and that everyone else on the base should shelter in place. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also said on Twitter that agents from Columbus were also responding.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol and local police were sending personnel to the base.

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