- Darren Abate/Reuters
Two people were found dead Friday morning at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, in what the police think was a murder-suicide.
Sheriff’s office spokesman James Keith said the situation, initially believed to be an active shooting, was “over,” Reuters reported. The buildings were still being searched, but the police did not expect to find more victims.
CNN, The Air Force Times, and The Associated Press reported that an airman had shot his squadron commander, but Brig. Gen. Bob LaBrutta declined to comment on these reports during a news conference as the investigation and next-of-kin notification process were ongoing.
The dead were found in an office in Forbes Hall, a multiuse building at the base, LaBrutta said. Two Glock pistols were found at the scene.
Lackland and nearby schools were put on lockdown after the initial reports of a shooter, but the lockdown orders have since been lifted.
The FBI’s San Antonio division responded to the scene to assist. The bureau took over the investigation later in the morning, Reuters reported, citing the sheriff’s office. In a news conference, an FBI official said the incident was not being investigated as an act of terrorism.
The US Air Force carries out its basic military training at the Lackland base, which is part of the Joint Base San Antonio.
Texas State Senator Jose Menéndez released a statement Friday afternoon condeming the shooting.
“This senseless violence strikes at the heart of the San Antonio community,” he said. “Lackland Air Force Base and the other military installations are woven into the fabric of our community. Together we mourn with the families who tragically lost a loved one. This situation is still being investigated and as my office receives more details, we will respond.”
Republican presidential candidate and Texas senator Ted Cruz also released a statement on the shooting.
“As details of this horrific incident continue to unfold, Heidi and I pray for peace, comfort, and safety for those involved,” Cruz said. “IIt is tragic to once again see an active shooter commit murder at one of our domestic military bases, where servicemembers and their families should feel safe and secure.”