US military base on lockdown for suspicious person

2014-07-23 22:53

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Jacksonville - A US military base went on lockdown on Wednesday amid reports of a suspicious person, though military officials offered few details about the incident.

No one has been allowed to enter or leave Little Rock Air Force Base during the lockdown, which began shortly before noon. People who live on base were urged to stay indoors.

Spokesperson Lieutenant Mallory Thornton said the base took the steps "in the interest of protecting all base members", but she declined to provide details

Christina Rivera, whose husband is an airman on base, said she'd received an automated phone call telling everyone on base to stay indoors.

Rivera, who had been waiting outside the gate entrance for more than two hours, said her husband was barricaded in their bedroom with their two young children, who are 8 months old and 18 months old.

"All I want is to go home and be with my husband and my kids," she said.

Emergency crews were on the scene, and sirens could be heard over loudspeakers outside the base's entrance.

The base had been conducting emergency response exercises, but officials said Wednesday's incident was not part of the drill.

The base specialises in the C-130 cargo airplane and is home to the 19th Airlift Wing, the 314th Airlift Wing and the 29th Weapons Squadron.

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