An air force base in California is on lockdown following a “real world security incident.” A spokesperson for the base posted on Facebook at around 3:30 p.m. local time, “Travis Air Force Base is currently responding to a real world security incident. More details will be released as they become available. The public is being asked to stay away from the base to ensure emergency responders can respond accordingly.” Marie Lowe, a public affairs specialist, confirmed the shooting, according to CNN’s Dianne Gallagher. The base is located in Fairfield, California, close to San Francisco.
Just after 5 p.m., a spokesman from Rep. John Garamendi’s office told KCRA’s Derek Schnell that the incident was a “false alarm.” While a source told the AP’s Juliet Williams that “a mistaken report of a shooting let to Air Force base lockdown.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. A Person Who Lives on the Base Described it as an ‘Active Shooter’ Situation
NBC San Francisco’s Sergio Quintana quoted an official at the base saying “security forces are responding to some type of shooting incident.”
2. The Lockdown Was Related to Planned Emergency Drills
The base confirmed that the lockdown is not related to the planned two day security drills that personnel were undertaking. Later, the base issued a new statement saying that somebody had mistaken an active shooter drill for an active shooter.
The Daily Republic reported that sirens and and alarms will be heard coming from the base in order to increase the simulation.
3. Over 15,000 People Work & Live on the Base
Over 15,000 people live and work at the base, located in Solano County, California. That includes nearly 4,000 civilians. The airport at the base handles more passenger traffic than another military airport in the U.S.
4. Personnel at the Base Are Being Told to ‘Shelter in Place’
Those at the base are being told to stay away from windows and lock their doors, according to CBS Sacramento’s Sam Shane. Meanwhile, incoming aircraft have been told the all landings at the base are suspended. Angela Greenwood, also of CBS Sacramento, tweeted that air force personnel have not confirmed the “active shooter” reports. The main gate to the base has been closed.
5. This Comes on an Already Tragic Day for Shootings in America
The lockdown came on June 14, the same day that James T. Hodgkinson shot Rep. Steve Scalise and four others at a baseball field in the Virginia. The congressman was practicing for the upcoming Republican/Democrat baseball game. As many as 50 shots were reported during the incident. While closer to Travis Air Force base, a disgruntled UPS employee, Jimmy Lam, shot-and-killed three of his colleagues “execution style” in San Francisco.