U.S. Army post Redstone Arsenal in Alabama on lockdown

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The Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, has been put on lockdown amid reports of an active shooter at the U.S. Army post, local officials say. Only few details were immediately available.

The incident began just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday when reports emerged of a possible shooting at Redstone Arsenal, though it was not immediately clear what prompted the reports or whether a shooting had been confirmed.

“Possible active shooter on the Arsenal. Installation is locked down. Run hide fight,” the Army post said on Facebook. The Army Contracting Command (ACC) added that the situation was reported at the Sparkman Center, which is the headquarters of the Army’s Aviation and Missile Command.

Chris Colster, a spokesman for the Army post, said he was not aware of any casualties but could not definitely confirm there weren’t any. He said the lockdown was still in effect as of 11 a.m.

All gates to the Redstone Arsenal have been closed and emergency services, including heavily-armed police and multiple ambulances, are at the scene. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, which is located on the Redstone Arsenal, is also on lockdown.

“My office is being updated about the situation [at Redstibe Arsenal],” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said on Twitter. “I will continue to closely monitor and pray for a peaceful and quick resolution.”

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command had planned to hold an active shooter exercise at Redstone Arsenal this week, but officials say Tuesday’s incident is not a drill. The planned exercise was meant to focus on the Sparkman Center, among other buildings.

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