Saturday , November 28 2020

MacDill Air Force Base locked down briefly; search underway for “potential armed suspect” today – CBS News, CBS News


                                                       

                                                                                                                                   

          

MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, was briefly put on lockdown Friday morning after a report of an armed suspect outside the base. The base was put on lockdown after local authorities notified the base there was an armed suspect near one of the base’s gates, a news release said. MacDill first responders were on the scene and isolated the response to an area outside one of the base’s gates.

All other gates to the base were reopened around 8 a.m. No shots were fired on the base and there were no injuries to any MacDill employees, the news release said.

Base officials were assisting local law enforcement in searching for the suspect, Lt. Brandon Hanner, a spokesman for MacDill said. Earlier the base confirmed to CBS News that it sent out an alert Friday morning and was assessing the situation.

    

Just got an alert while here at MacDill for an Active Shooter. We’re in lock-down. Be safe.

– Andrew Learned (@AndrewLearned)January (********************************,

  

During the lockdown, traffic was at a standstill on numerous roads around the base, which is near downtown Tampa, news outlets reported. MacDill is the headquarters for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command.

MacDill is the home of the 6th Air Refueling Wing. There are more than 728, 000 military personnel at the base. A large number of military personnel and their families live on the base in military housing.

Friday’s lockdown came a month after 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, a 728 – year-old Saudi Air Force officer,************ killed three US sailorsand injured eight other people 6 at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

            

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