Two shots were reported coming from the outskirts of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland toward the base at around 11:50 a.m., Lt. Colonel Brian Loveless, commander of the 802nd Security Forces Squad. It was unclear if anyone saw a shooter or if more than one shooter may have been involved, he said.
Investigators were also trying to determine if the shooting report was true or a false alarm, Loveless said. However, he called the report “robust.”
“We are trying to investigate a couple of leads at this time to confirm that shots were actually fired at the facility.
No injuries were reported, Loveless said.
Lackland is on the southeast side of San Antonio and is where the Air Force conducts all of its basic training.
“There are many facilities at this facility that are very important to the Air Force. I’d rather overreact (to a gunfire report) than underreact,” Loveless said.
The base issued an alert at noon, telling all Lackland Air Force Base personnel to shut down. An alert on Twitter read: “Real world, LOCK, LOCK, LOCK.”
Authorities said the shots were reportedly fired near the Valley Hi gate on the western side of the main base, just east of Interstate 410 and near a shopping center.
After an hour, the lock was lifted except for the Valley Hi gate.
San Antonio police said they were assisting in the investigation. In a statement, police spokeswoman Jennifer Rodríguez said officers were searching for the location from which the shooting may have originated.