Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Lockdown After Reports of Active Shooter

Update: 3:41 p.m. EDT–Corpus Christi FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Leah Greeves confirmed during a press conference that the shooting at the air station was terrorism-related. It's possible there is a second, related person of interest at-large in the community, but Greeves told the public to remain calm.

Update: 9:08 a.m. EDT–Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also on the scene to assist with the response to the active shooter. The Corpus Christi Police Department urged everyone to "avoid the area entirely."

Update: 8:35 a.m. EDT—Naval Security Forces at the air station responded to the active shooter at about 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The shooter was neutralized, but all gates on the installation are still closed while first responders process the scene, according to the air station. Both the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and local law enforcement are on the scene.

Original story:

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi went into lockdown Thursday morning after an active shooter was identified.

The Naval base, located in Corpus Christi, Texas, confirmed an active shooter was in the vicinity of the North Gate in a Facebook post. The post told anyone in the vicinity to "get out and get away to safety" and execute lockdown procedures by staying indoors and away from windows.

The United States Navy wrote on Twitter that they were aware of the reports of a possible active shooter.

Navy pilots have been training at NAS Corpus Christi since 1941, according to the Navy, and Marine Corps, Coast Guard and foreign student pilots have earned their wings there.

The naval air station has been a training place to a number of famous names to become pilots, including Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, John Glenn, the first American man to orbit Earth, and former Senator John McCain. Former President George H.W. Bush also trained there, prompting some to call for the naval station to be renamed after him following his death in 2018.

The Corpus Christi Army Depot, which occupies about 140 acres of land, is the largest industrial employer in South Texas. It's the Army's largest helicopter repair, overhaul and maintenance center and employees more than 3,500 people, according to the U.S. Army.

The reports of the active shooter caused Texas A&M University to implement a lockdown for its Corpus Christi campus, located a few miles from the naval air station. The university lifted the lockdown shortly after the threat was resolved and noted that there was no threat to the campus.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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