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Report: Gunman at Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi shot at sailor, vest stopped the bullet

The shooter has been ‘neutralized,' base says

SAN ANTONIO – A sailor was hospitalized following an active shooter situation at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi Thursday morning, according to media reports.

The Navy Times reported that the sailor was shot at by an active shooter, but the sailor’s protective vest stopped the bullet, according to a Navy official. The sailor was hospitalized but is expected to be released within the day.

The Naval Air Station said the shooter has since been “neutralized," but it is not clear if they were injured or killed.

The base remains on modified lockdown as the scene is processed, but gates remain closed to inbound traffic, the Naval Air Station said.

“All personnel remaining on base should remain in place until the scene is declared safe,” officials said, adding that those needing to leave could do so via the South Gate.

The shooting was reported around 6:15 a.m. Thursday, according to the base. Officials said the shooter was in the vicinity of the North Gate.

Modified Lockdown: persons needing to leave base are authorized to proceed directly to the Main (South Gate). All gates...

Posted by Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Naval Security Forces at NAS Corus Christi responded to an active shooter at approximatel 6:15 a.m. this morning. The...

Posted by Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, although closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, also asked people to avoid the campus and the surrounding areas.

The station had a similar lockdown last December. In another incident at the base last year, a man pleaded guilty to the destruction of U.S. government property and possession of a stolen firearm for ramming his truck into a barricade at the Corpus Christi station, according to the Associated Press.

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