U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, the U.S. Navy base on the Japanese island of Kyushu, was put on lockdown due to reports of an active shooter, but an hours-long search found no evidence of a shooting. (more)
The incident began at 9:33 a.m. local time on Thursday when security forces received a report of gunshots having been heard inside Building 141 (MCMRON), which is the Mine Countermeasures Squadron at the base.
Security forces responded to the scene and established a perimeter, after which the building was evacuated. After security forces searched the building, they determined that there was no evidence of a shooting. No victims were located.
The all clear was issued just after 12 p.m. local time, but other details were not released. It is unknown whether the report was a hoax or if the sound had been caused by something else. "All clear, lockdown has been lifted," Fleet Activities Sasebo said in a statement.
United States Fleet Activities Sasebo is a U.S. Navy base on Japan's southern island of Kyushu, providing logistic support of forward-deployed units and visiting operating forces of the United States Pacific Fleet.
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