2 Dead in Shooting at Texas Air Force Base

Signs point to murder-suicide
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 8, 2016 11:25 AM CDT
2 Dead in Shooting at Texas Air Force Base
This June 23, 2014, file photo shows a temporary shelter for unaccompanied minors who've entered the country illegally at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

A fatal shooting of two people at an Air Force base in Texas on Friday appears to be a murder-suicide, the AP reports. Two bodies were found inside a room of a building at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, says Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesman James Keith. "It's over," he told Reuters, adding that it's believed the shooter is among the two dead and that sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement officers are continuing to search the building and nearby facilities out of "an abundance of caution." "There are still some rooms that are locked that we are still trying to gain entry into," Keith says, per the Air Force Times. The lockdown at Lackland and at nearby schools has been lifted.

The Times says it obtained an internal report from the Pentagon that indicated the commanding officer of a training squadron at the base was shot by an airman, which an Air Force spokeswoman for the Pentagon couldn't confirm right away. On its official Facebook page, the base notes that "there are no indications that this was a terrorist attack." Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is the home of Air Force basic training. The Army's Fort Sam Houston and Lackland Air Force Base were combined during base realignment several years ago to become the military's largest joint base. About 160 miles northeast of the joint base is Fort Hood, which in 2009 was the site of the deadliest shooting at a US military base, when 13 people were killed and 31 were injured. (More murder-suicide stories.)

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