JBER on lockdown; Report of shooter untrue

The Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was put on lockdown this afternoon as security responded to a report of a suspicious person with a firearm near the hospital.

The suspect has been apprehended and is currently in police custody.

The hospital is still on lockdown as of 2:30 p.m., and persons on base are asked to stay clear.

–Update, 2:41 p.m.–

As of of 1:20 p.m., Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson is still on lockdown after earlier reports prompted fears of an active shooter.

Renee Oistad with the Anchorage Police Department says those reports turned out not to be true, and no injuries are reported at this time. However, one individual has been taken into custody, but no officials from the base have yet named the cause.

–Original story, 1:11 p.m.–

According to officials, an incident on Joint-Base Elmendorf Richardson has put the base on lockdown. According to Army spokesman John Pennell there were emergency response vehicles outside the hospital.

Unconfirmed reports are saying there is an active shooter on the second floor of the hospital. JBER Public Affairs officials have not yet responded to requests for comment.</div>

Cars lined up outside the base currently stretch back across the Glenn highway and half a mile down the ramp.

This is a developing story, we’ll bring you more details as they develop.