FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) — A lockdown at Travis Air Force Base on Wednesday afternoon, following a report of an active shooter, has been lifted.
But a California congressman told The Associate Press that a mistaken report of a shooter led to the Travis Air Force Base lockdown.
U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, who was briefed on the situation, told The Associated Press there was a training exercise underway at the base at the time and “someone took that to be an active shooter.”
At 5:05 p.m., Travis Air Force Base, located approximately 45 miles northeast of San Francisco, said via Facebook, “emergency personnel responded to reports of gun shots at the Base Exchange. However, no shooter was found. The base is no longer under lockdown.”
Travis Air Force Base officials said the incident was determined to be a “false alarm.”
In a statement on Facebook, just before 3:30 p.m., officials at the base said, “Travis Air Force Base is currently responding to a real world security incident.”
Shortly before 3:45 p.m., the base reported via Twitter that people should shelter in place, lock their doors and windows and wait for more information.
Earlier in the day, the base was conducting exercise drills. But officials at the base said they were responding to a “real world security incident,” not a drill.
The main gate to the base was temporarily closed and the public was asked to avoid the area.
CBS Sacramento spoke with one person on the airbase who said the loudspeakers on the base were announcing instructions for people there to shelter in place due to an active shooter.
The witness said the incident was unfolding at the shopping center area of Travis Air Force Base.
Shortly after 4:20 p.m., a public information officer at the base said no casualties had been reported.
The report of an active shooter incident at Travis Air Force Base comes just hours after a workplace shooting at a UPS facility in San Francisco left four people dead — including the gunman — and two people wounded.
By Hannah Albarazi – Follow her on Twitter: @hannahalbarazi.