Shooter ‘neutralised’ at Texas naval air station, one sailor hurt

The Corpus Christi station says the lockdown on the base had been lifted, and the injured sailor is in good condition.

Corpus Christi - 2019 breach
In this file photo, personnel from the United States Navy Security Forces, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Texas Department of Public Safety discuss details of an investigation after a vehicle unlawfully entered the Corpus Christi naval base in 2019 [File: US Navy]

An active shooter at the United States Navy’s Corpus Christi air station in Texas has been “neutralised”, with one security force member injured in events that unfolded in the early morning hours, the US Navy said on Thursday.

The shooting started at 6:15am (11:15 GMT) and injured one sailor, who was in good condition and was expected to be released later on Thursday, said the US Navy Office of Information in a statement.

The station itself said in a post on Facebook that the lockdown on the base had been lifted, but that base’s north gate remained closed to traffic. 

The local police department on its Facebook page asked residents to avoid the area.

At the same time, Texas A&M University, located nearby, asked any students on campus to remain indoors and away from windows. The Navy said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was en route and that state and local law enforcement was on the scene.

The naval station had a similar lockdown last December.

In another incident at the base last year, a man pleaded guilty to destruction of US government property and possession of a stolen firearm for ramming his truck into a barricade at the Corpus Christi station.

Late last year, a Saudi gunman killed three US sailors in an attack at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida, just days after a US sailor shot three civilians at the historic Pearl Harbor military base in Hawaii, killing two of them before taking his own life.

Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies