Redstone Arsenal: Lockdown lifted, ‘potential active shooter’ incident under investigation – AL.com

Live updates:

1:57 p.m. Heavy traffic in and out of the arsenal. Access to Sparkman Building remains limited with ongoing situation at facility.

1:31 p.m. Arsenal officials have not confirmed if tomorrow’s scheduled live shooter drill will continue as planned.

1:15 p.m. – Statement from Redstone:

“This morning, a potential active shooter incident occurred at Redstone Arsenal, in the Sparkman Center. The installation was in lock-down mode with all gates closed, and employees sheltered in place at their respective buildings.

As of 12:30 p.m., employees can move about the post in an orderly fashion,
but are asked to keep movements limited, as needed.

Movement remains restricted in the area near the intersections and roads around the Sparkman Center.

The gates to the Arsenal are open and operational.

This incident is under investigation. The safety and security of our
workforce remains our top priority.”

12:43 – Lockdown lifted on arsenal. Drivers asked to proceed slowly. Said investigation is ongoing into possible active shooter incident at Sparkman Center.

Spokesperson Christopher Colster said no one is in custody. The lockdown remains at Sparkman Center.

12:32 p.m.. – Chris Colster, spokesperson at the Arsenal, said gates are reopened on normal schedule but asked for “prayers for those involved in this situation.” Sparkman Center remains on lockdown. Redstone Garrison has not confirmed the lockdown at other locations have been lifted.

12:24 p.m. – Some gates have reopened, Sparkman Center still on lockdown.

12:23 p.m. – Huntsville hospital said it’s on the watchout for an incoming patients but haven’t been notified of any issues.

11:57 a.m. – Buildings throughout Research Park on lockdown as a precaution.

11:42 a.m. Lockdown remains in place.

11:28 – Checks in place for childcare center on on Redstone Arsenal. All children are locked in place, are safe, officials said.

11:12 a.m. From Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office

10:59 a.m. – Redstone Arsenal spokesperson Christopher Colster said the location of the incident has not been determined though people inside the arsenal said it is in the Sparkman Center.

Colster said there are no reported injuries that he is aware of.

10:51 a.m. – Redstone Arsenal remains on lockdown amid reports of an active shooter. An email sent to employees at 10:31 a.m. said:This is a real world event, which is not part of the exercise. The facility is under lockdown and all gates are closed. More to follow.

“This is NOT AN EXERCISE.”

All gates are closed and the public is advised to avoid the area. Employees are being advised to shelter in place.

Redstone Arsenal has more than 40,000 employees spread out over a sprawling 30,000 acre facility. The vast majority of people on the arsenal are civilians with less than 1,500 uniformed personnel.

Redstone is home to Army Aviation and Missile Command, Army Materiel Command, Marshall Space Flight Center, Redstone Arsenal, ATF and FBI facilities.

Earlier:

A possible active shooter has been reported on Redstone Arsenal near the Sparkman Center.

Redstone ArsenalRedstone Arsenal in Huntsville (file photo) 

The Arsenal is currently on lockdown.

Earlier today, Marshall Space Flight Center issued an alert about an “emergency situation” near the Sparkman Center. Redstone later issued a Tweet confirming reports of a possible active shooter.

The Sparkman Center is the headquarters for the Army’s Aviation and Missile Command on the Arsenal. An Arsenal spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

The nature of the emergency was not immediately clear.

The Sparkman Center is at building 5301. Authorities are asking people to avoid the area.

This week was supposed to be an active shooter training, but Redstone officials have said today’s lockdown is not a drill.

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