Lockdown lifted at Lackland Air Force Base following reports of gunshots off-base

Gunshots were heard off-base on Tuesday morning; SAPD says no threat to public

The lockdown at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has been lifted following reports of gunshots heard off-base on Tuesday morning.

Brig. Gen. Russell D. Driggers, the commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, said that security personnel heard about six to eight shots fired at around 9:30 a.m.

The shots were reportedly fired off-base toward the base, he said.

San Antonio police said that officers did not find a shooting scene, and it was not an active shooter situation, despite initially being called one by JBSA. SAPD added that there was no threat to the public.

“In times like these, with the events that have been happening recently, we want to take these types of situations very seriously. We have procedures that we put in place to do that,” Driggers said.

Further details about the shooting are unknown at this time. Driggers said he did not know if a gunman was in custody, but he believes it was only one incident.

While authorities investigated the gunshots, JBSA closed the Valley Hi gate and locked down facilities on Truemper Road, from Valley Hi to Carswell Avenue, and on Carswell Avenue, from Truemper Road to the 341st Training Squadron training complex.

All facilities have since been reopened and the Valley Hi gate has returned to normal operations.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the incident.

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