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Authorities say shooting at Lackland AFB likely a murder-suicide

Image from hurd.house.gov

By Steve Bittenbender

 Two people are dead after a shooting took place Friday morning at a military installation in San Antonio.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office reported in a statement that it was called around 8:40 a.m. CT to Lackland Air Force Base regarding an active shooter incident.

“Deputies searched each room and floor looking for shooters and victims,” the sheriff’s office said. “Deputies found two bodies in a room. Their cause of death appearing to be murder suicide.”

According to the Air Force Times, an airman shot his commanding officer. Because of that, officials said they do not believe the incident to be a terrorist event. No other injuries were reported.

The incident, which caused the base to be in lockdown for about 90 minutes, took place in Forbes Hall, which houses offices and classrooms on the base.

In speaking with reporters, Dan Hawkins, a public affairs officer, said two guns were found in the room where the bodies were discovered.

Federal lawmakers and others quickly offered their statements and condolences upon hearing of the shooting.

“I’m devastated that violence struck our community this morning,” U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, whose district includes San Antonio. “My prayers are with everyone at Lackland and all who have been affected by this tragedy. I’m grateful to our city’s first responders who provided assistance today, and I offer my deepest gratitude to the brave men and women who serve in the Air Force and are stationed here at (Joint Base San Antonio). My staff and I are in touch with the Department of Defense about this morning’s incident as details continue to unfold.”

Said U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, whose district is near the base: “Many constituents in my district live near and work at Lackland Air Force Base, and this tragic shooting will have a profound impact on this tight-knit community. My prayers are with everyone impacted by this tragedy. I commend the first-responders and base personnel for their bravery and professionalism.”

“Our military heroes put their lives on the line both at home and abroad, and today’s tragedy is yet another reminder of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make daily,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said. “Cecilia and I ask that all Texans join us in keeping these military members, their families and the Lackland community in their prayers during this difficult time.”

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon it would hand the investigation over to federal authorities.

Lackland AFB serves as processing station for enlisted Air Force personnel and is where enlisted active duty, reserve and Air National Guard personnel receive basic training. Nearly six years ago, the base merged with Randolph AFB and the Army’s Fort Sam Houston, both of which were adjoining to Lackland, to create Joint Base San Antonio, one of a dozen such installations in the United States.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that are going to be affected by this tragedy… the care of those families is really foremost in our minds right now,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Bob LaBrutta, the joint base’s commander.

 

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