Two Dead in Shooting at Joint Base San Antonio: Sheriff

  • Police and sheriff's deputies respond to a shooting at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Bexar County Sheriff's Department photo
    Police and sheriff's deputies respond to a shooting at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Bexar County Sheriff's Department photo
  • Lackland Air Force Base is located in San Antonio, Texas. DoD photo
    Lackland Air Force Base is located in San Antonio, Texas. DoD photo

Updated at 12:53 PM EST

A shooting at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas has left two people dead in what was described as a murder-suicide.

Multiple news organizations reported an airman shot his commander.

The Bexar County Sherriff’s Office on Friday morning confirmed the fatalities in a post on Twitter.

"We have two dead at Lackland Air Force Base," it tweeted. "Deputies are still inside the building."

The office had previously issued a statement indicating sheriffs were responding to reports of an active shooter at the installation, which is located outside San Antonio.

"We have victims at Lackland Air Force Base, scene is still active," it tweeted.

The initial reports of the shooting came around 8:30 a.m. local time, Fox News reported. Police found the bodies in the base’s Medina Annex and cleared other nearby buildings, it reported.

Authorities haven’t yet identified the deceased but have lifted the lockdown at the base.

The Associated Press issued a news alert reporting that an "airman shot his commander in apparent murder-suicide."

Joint Base San Antonio falls under the jurisdiction of the Air Force’s 502nd Air Base Wing, Air Education and Training Command (AETC). The facility consists of the Army’s Fort Sam Houston and the Air Force’s Randolph Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base, which merged in 2010.

-- Brendan McGarry can be reached at brendan.mcgarry@military.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BrendanMcGarry.

Updated at 11:30 a.m. Eastern

A shooting at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas has left two people dead in what was reported as a murder-suicide.

The Bexar County Sherriff's Office on Friday morning confirmed the fatalities in a post on Twitter.

"We have two dead at Lackland Air Force Base," it tweeted. "Deputies are still inside the building."

The office had previously issued a statement indicating sheriffs were responding to reports of an active shooter at the installation, which is located outside San Antonio.

"We have victims at Lackland Air Force Base, scene is still active," it tweeted.

The initial reports of the shooting came around 8:30 a.m. local time, Fox News reported.

Police found the bodies in the base's Medina Annex and cleared other nearby buildings, it reported. Authorities haven't yet identified the deceased.

Both Fox News and the Associated Press reported the incident as "an apparent murder-suicide."

Joint Base San Antonio falls under the jurisdiction of the Air Force's 502nd Air Base Wing, Air Education and Training Command (AETC).

The facility consists of the Army's Fort Sam Houston and the Air Force's Randolph Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base, which merged in 2010.

-- Brendan McGarry can be reached at brendan.mcgarry@military.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BrendanMcGarry.

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Original story

A shooting at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas has left two people dead, law enforcement said.

"We have two dead at Lackland Air Force Base," the Bexar County Sherriff's Office confirmed in a post on Twitter. "Deputies are still inside the building."

The office had previously issued a statement indicating sheriffs were responding to reports of an active shooter at the installation, which is located San Antonio.

"We have victims at Lackland Air Force Base, scene is still active," the office posted on its Twitter account.

This story will be updated.

-- Brendan McGarry can be reached at brendan.mcgarry@military.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BrendanMcGarry.

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