No shots fired, but calls prompt lockdown at military post

Redstone Arsenal shooter

Redstone Garrison Commander Colonel Thomas Holliday says it started with two separate 911 calls in the neighborhood of 9:45 Tuesday morning, both reporting something along the lines of an active shooter event at the Sparkman Center on Redstone Arsenal.

Christopher Colster, a spokesperson for Redstone Arsenal, said soldiers inside the arsenal believe the gunman is in the Sparkman Center. No injuries have been reported, he added. Colster also said that all gates are locked down, as they have 'prepared for this for years'. There are not yet any confirmed casualties. "I'm not sure myself".

There was no immediate word from base officials about whether the threat is of an actual shooter or merely part of a scheduled exercise.

Gates to the complex were initially closed, however some were reopened, and movement on streets nearby was restricted.

Holliday said the response of base personnel was appropriate, given that every US military base has to be on high alert for potential active shooters and other acts of violence.

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command had planned to hold an active shooter exercise at Redstone Arsenal this week, but officials said Tuesday's incident was not a drill.

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Redstone Arsenal posted on Twitter confirming a lockdown and advising those in the area to "Run".

The lockdown remained in effect for the post's Sparkman Center as of about 1 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) - three hours after the initial alert - the base in Huntsville said on Twitter. They reported hearing shots fired and one said a weapon was seen.

Redstone Arsenal is home to the Missile Defense Agency, Marshall Space Flight Center, Missile and Space Intelligence Center, Tactical UAV Project Office, Redstone Test Center and other military offices.

An emergency situation seems to be under control at Redstone Arsenal following the report of a possible active shooter. At this time, there is no new information about the possible active shooter. Installation is locked down.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said her office is monitoring the situation.

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