911 calls led to lockdown at US Army post in Alabama

The commander of an Alabama military post said the report of an active shooter may have been a hoax

Authorities block an entrance to Redstone Arsenal, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. The military post said in a tweet it was on lockdown Tuesday amid reports of possible active shooter, telling workers to "run hide fight." More than 30,000 government employees, civilians and contractors work daily at Redstone. It is home to Army missile defense programs and other military offices.
Authorities block an entrance to Redstone Arsenal, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. The military post said in a tweet it was on lockdown Tuesday amid reports of possible active shooter, telling workers to "run hide fight." More than 30,000 government employees, civilians and contractors work daily at Redstone. It is home to Army missile defense programs and other military offices. (AP Photo/Eric Schultz)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The commander of an Alabama military post says two 911 calls about a potential active shooter prompted a lockdown at the installation but no shooter was ever found and no shots were fired.

Col. Tom Holliday, the garrison commander at Redstone Arsenal near Huntsville, said Tuesday afternoon that the 911 calls came from a building on the installation. He says the lockdown worked as planned and believes that the military post did not overreact.

He says there will be an investigation and officials are looking into the possibility of a hoax.

The facility was locked down and workers were advised to “run hide fight” on Tuesday afternoon. In a tweet announcing the possible shooter, the base said: “Possible active shooter on the Arsenal. Installation is locked down. Run hide fight.”

About two hours later, the all-clear was given.

Redstone Arsenal spokesman Christopher Colster said the installation near Huntsville was in the process of readying for an active shooter drill on Wednesday when the alert was sounded.

That planned drill will not be held.

More than 30,000 government employees, civilians and contractors work daily at Redstone. It is home to Army missile defense programs and other military offices.

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, which oversees rocket propulsion operations, also is located at Redstone.

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