Here’s What We Know So Far About The Lackland Air Base Shootings
An apparent murder-suicide at Lackland Air Force Base on Friday morning is being officially termed “workplace violence,” according to a statement from the U.S. Air Force Joint Base San Antonio, which added that it was “not the result of a terrorist attack.”
Military officials refused to confirm details about the victim and the shooter, including identity, rank, but Bexar County Sheriff’s Department Jim Keith spokesman who provided the information that it was a murder-suicide.
The shooting occurred when a tech sergeant opened fire as he was being escorted by a senior non-commissioned officer to a disciplinary proceeding in the commander’s office.
The sergeant apparently shot the commander before turning the gun on himself; the senior NCO was not injured.
Two Glock weapons said to belong to the assailant were found at the scene.
Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta confirmed that individuals are not allowed to carry weapons on base unless they are in security forces or the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations.
The “Active Shooter” alert went out at 7:37 a.m. bringing response teams from both the San Antonio police and Bexar County Sheriff’s Office; the FBI was on the scene within hours.
The facility was immediately put on lockdown, and between 3,000 and 5,000 visitors on base for a parade were evacuated. The lockdown was lifted less than three hours later.
LaBrutta made the initial announcement, but the Pentagon tweeted the official memo: “Airman shot commanding officer at 331st K-9 training squadron,” which was inaccurate and later amended to correctly identify the location of the shooting as an on-base annex containing classrooms and offices.
Lackland AFB is one of three military installations that were merged into Joint Base San Antonio in 2010 under the jurisdiction of the 802nd Mission Support Group, Air Education and Training Command, and is the main training facility for new enlistees.