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Naval Air Station Corpus Christi on lockdown after active shooter situation; suspect neutralized

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Local NBC outside the scene of the shooting on Thursday morning.

Active shooting broke out at the Naval Air Station of Corpus Christi on Thursday. The station was on lockdown until the suspect was neutralized. One female security officer was injured and taken to a hospital. This was reported by USA Today within the last few hours. USA Today cites a spokesman for Navy Region Southeast as their source. The Navy Region Southeast spokesman originally gave his comments to military newspaper Stars and Stripes. Stars and Stripes confirms that the shooter has been neutralized. 

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Stars and Stripes names the spokesman as Steve Strickland. Strickland confirmed that the female security officer was transported to a local hospital. The name of the hospital was not listed on the record. 

Further citing Stars and Stripes, the female sailor is expected to make a complete recovery. She is in good condition. She is expected to be released from the hospital before the end of Thursday, May 21. 

The Naval Air Station’s Facebook states that Naval Security Forces responded to an active shooting at approximately 6:15am the morning of May 21. 

“Naval Security Forces at NAS Corpus Christi responded to an active shooter at approximately 6:15 a.m. this morning. The shooter has been neutralized. All gates on the installation remain closed while first responders process the scene. NCIS and local law enforcement are on scene. More information will be provided as it becomes available,” said the official Naval Air Station of Corpus Christi statement within the last few hours.

USA Today reports that the Corpus Christi police department closed the gates surrounding the Naval Air Station due to an “incident” at one of the gates. They have since advised the public to completely avoid the area. 

NBC News reported that the incident happened near the North Gate. 

NBC further cited the Naval Station as saying that, while they believe they have neutralized the threat at their north gate, the situation had yet been cleared. All gates were then closed while emergency responders assessed the scene. 

It does appear to be known yet what the specific motives or affiliations of the active shooter were. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service along with Houston’s office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting the local investigation. This was reported by NBC. 

Stars and Stripes further noted that this is the third active shooter incident at a naval base within five months. The attack on Corpus Christi follows an attack on December 4, 2019 launched by enlisted sailor Gabriel Antonio Romero, age 22. Romero shot three civilians at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Hawaii. He killed two and then killed himself. 

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Two days later, on December 6, 2019, Saudi Air Force officer Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani shot and killed three sailors and then injured eight others at the Naval Air Station of Pensacola, Florida. The FBI has since confirmed that Alshamrani was in contact with Al Qaeda prior to this attack. This was determined by data on his cellphone. 

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