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Wright-Patterson AFB Locked Down Overnight After Reports of Active Shooter [UPDATED}

The National Air and Space Intelligence Center's foreign materiel exploitation facility (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Update 8:41 a.m.: At around 2:20 a.m. local time, the all-clear was given:

Officials say the base was locked down after two people reported hearing a single gunshot.

Col. Patrick Miller, installation commander at WPAFB told reporters,  “It’s real until it’s over. At the end of the night, we did not find a threat.” There were no injuries reported related to the incident and officials are still investigating.

However, “this was a true concern that they had, that they heard a gunshot and it needed reported,” the commander explained.

The 100 people working at the facility at the time barricaded themselves in their rooms while the building was searched.

Original report:

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is on lockdown tonight after reports of an active shooter.

Just after 10 p.m., the 88th Air Base Wing said via Twitter that “[E]mergency responders responded to a report of an active shooter in the National Air and Space Intelligence Center in Area A at WPAFB.”

“Security Forces are currently sweeping the building,” the tweet continued. “The base is on lockdown. More info to be provided when available.”

Two hours later, the Wing added, “We understand there are concerns and questions. Our first priority is to protect our people. All of our military and civilian employees are trained to quickly assess the situation and take appropriate action.”

At around midnight local time, the Air Force base said, “Team Wright-Patt responders remain on the scene. We currently do not have any updates on the situation.”

Chelsea Sick, a reporter from Dayton 24/7 Now, said that the sweep of the base is ongoing.

Nearby Wright State University warned its students about the active shooter situation at the base. “The most recent information identifies the active shooter threat at or near the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) Building,” the school wrote on Facebook. “Wright State students and employees should stay clear of the areas toward the north end of campus, like Kauffman Ave. and Ohio State Route 844, and take appropriate safety precautions to protect themselves if necessary.”

A reporter at WPOC recorded the lockdown alert at the base:

WDTN’s Allison Gens reported a police cruiser speeding away from the base with sirens on.

The National Air and Space Intelligence Center is the Department of Defense’s “primary source for foreign air and space threat analysis,” according to the NASIC website. It is the Air Force’s “service intelligence center, the nation’s air and space intelligence center, and an operational wing in the Air Force ISR enterprise” that reports directly to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Cyber Effects Operations.”

This is a developing story. PJ Media will bring you updates as they become available.