Officials Talk Details of LR Air Force Base Shooting

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JACKSONVILLE, AR – An armed suspect was shot near the front gate of the Little Rock Air Force Base on Monday afternoon.

Things seemed to be back to normal on Monday night at the base, but during a busy morning there were some very tense moments.

“First thing that always goes though my mind is the well and care of the families that are on the base,” says Colonel Charles Brown Jr.

It was 9:15 on a busy Monday morning at the Little Rock Air Force Base when officials say a suspect driving a maroon SUV, ran over a curb, hit a street sign and got out with a rifle in his hands.

“A suspect tried to come through the gate, he was armed, defender, they did engage the suspect. We do know that he was hit,” says Brown.

Officials say at least two members of the base security force fired. The suspect was taken by ambulance to UAMS and is said to be in critical condition.

“I don’t know his background or any motivations he may have had,” Brown says.

For three hours the base was locked down with heavily armed airmen standing guard while investigators combed over the base. The bomb squad was called in to dig through the suspect’s vehicle. By 1 p.m. the lockdown of most of the base was lifted.

“We do feel that the threat has been mitigated there is no additional threat to the Little Rock Air Force Base,” says Brown.

There was a second person taken to the hospital during all of this but we are told the injuries are not directly related to the shooting.

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