'Possible active shooter' situation at Alabama military post

The lockdown created confusion and anxious many people with friends and family at the Redstone Arsenal installation near Huntsville, where more than 30,000 government employees, civilians and contractors work daily.

The commander of an Alabama military post says two 911 calls about a potential active shooter prompted a lockdown at the installation but no shooter was ever found and no shots were fired.

The Sparkman Center remains under lockdown, while the rest of the compound is open.

Redstone is the location of the Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Army Aviation and Missile Command, Army Materiel Command, and Federal Bureau of Investigation facilities.

A tweet from the Redstone Arsenal Twitter account said,"Possible active shooter on Arsenal".

Spokesman Christopher Colster spoke to media; he saud Redstone Arsenal received reports of a person possibly armed with a weapon at a building on the base.

A military installation in Alabama says in a tweet it is on lockdown amid reports of a possible active shooter.

Redstone said in a statement, "The installation was in lock-down mode with all gates closed, and employees sheltered in place at their respective buildings".

An alert from the Marshall Space Flight Center said a "situation exists near the Sparkman Center, RSA bldg".

The congressman for Alabama's Fifth District, Mo Brooks, said he was monitoring the situation. "I will continue to closely monitor and pray for a peaceful and quick resolution", she said. The Redstone Arsenal CDP had a population of 1,946 as of the 2010 census.

The Army post has a government and contractor workforce that averages 36,000 to 40,000 personnel. The team first worked on ballistic missiles, starting withV-2 rocket derivatives before moving on to a series of ever larger designs. My goal in life is to one day write a Batman screenplay.

  • Eleanor Harrison