Travis Air Force Base was put on lockdown for more than one hour Wednesday afternoon while military officials investigated a report of gun shots fired at a strip mall, which turned out to be a false alarm.
Travis officials, responding to reports of a shooting at the Base Exchange, ordered a lockdown at about 3:30 p.m. The lockdown was lifted at 5 p.m., a base spokeswoman said.
No injuries were reported and no shooter or evidence of gunfire was found, the spokeswoman said.
At about 4 p.m., aerial footage from an ABC 7 news helicopter showed military police with weapons drawn in the parking lot of the strip mall. Other news footage shows people being escorted away from the shopping center, which includes the commissary.
Because the base was conducting training exercises on Wednesday and Thursday, officials referred to the lockdown as a “real world incident,” Staff Sgt. Nicole Leidholm said.
One Twitter user posted a video in which a man can be heard on a loudspeaker repeatedly saying “real world” and “lock down.” In a press release announcing the training exercises for Wednesday and Thursday, Travis officials said the base’s “Giant Voice” system would preface the training with an “exercise exercise exercise” reminder.
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