Naval Station Great Lakes on Lockdown, Looking for 'Gate Runner'

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UPDATE: 13:43 p.m. EDT — In an update posted posted to their official Facebook page, U.S. Navy officials said a black Toyota Camry disobeyed directions from a gate sentry guard and entered Naval Station Great Lakes without authorization.

The installation, which is home to more than 20,000 U.S. service members and Defense Department employees, was immediately locked down as law enforcement officials searched for the suspect and vehicle.

"With support from local, state and federal law enforcement, the vehicle was found at approximately 9:30 a.m. (CST) and shortly thereafter, the driver was located. The driver is an employee on the base with authorized access," posted Naval Station Great Lakes on their Facebook page.

Once captured, the vehicle and the surrounding area were swept by military working dogs as several buildings were evacuated as a pre-caution. No injuries or damage to property was reported to U.S. Navy officials.

In a separate, unrelated incident, a civilian vehicle caught fire off base.

UPDATE: 11:25 a.m. EDT — U.S. Navy officials said the vehicle and driver that entered Naval Station Great Lakes without authorization was located with the driver currently in custody and being questioned.

"The area is being swept by military working dogs. Several buildings have been evacuated. Base is still on lockdown," according to their official Facebook page.

UPDATE: 10:16 a.m. EDT — In another Facebook post, Naval officials said that "At 7:09 this morning, Naval Security Force reacted to a minor situation involving an unauthorized entry onto Naval Station Great Lakes. Naval Security Force is responding."

The post said that the installation is still on lockdown but that neither individuals or property were harmed.

Original story:

The U.S. Navy's largest training installation went on lockdown Friday morning, according to their official Facebook page.

"LOCKDOWN FOR NAVSTA GREAT LAKES. RUN, HIDE, FIGHT! ALL PERSONNEL, LOCKDOWN. TAKE COVER IN NEAREST BUILDING OR STRUCTURE. AWAIT INSTRUCTION. ALL GATES ARE CLOSED," read the post from U.S. Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois.

The military said they were looking for a someone who entered the base without authorization. "We are looking for a gate runner," the post said.

In another Facebook post, Naval officials said, "At 7:09 this morning, Naval Security Force reacted to a minor situation involving an unauthorized entry onto Naval Station Great Lakes. Naval Security Force is responding."

The post said that the installation is still on lockdown but that neither individuals nor property were harmed.

No other details were immediately available.

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

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