Monday, June 21, 2010

Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Base Briefly Locked Down After Incidents

What the incident actually was hasn't been addressed, but several reports seem to indicate that shots were fired, but later reports deny or downplay the incident. Several simultaneous incidents occurred at Lakehurst this morning that required the lockdown of the base, which merged with the nearby McGuire AFB/Fort Dix military complex.

One report indicates that a FedEx employee was taken into custody trying to enter the base with a handgun at the commercial delivery entrance, while someone was taken into custody at another gate.
Two separate incidents took place, CBS 2 learned. Sources said a FedEx driver was taken into custody at a commercial delivery gate after security found a 9 mm firearm in the truck. No shots were fired.

A second incident allegedly occurred at a non-commercial gate, though there's no word as to what happened at that gate.

No one was allowed to leave or enter the base during the lockdown. The Dix and McGuire portions of the base were not affected.

The base said the 87th Security Forces Squadron responded to "simultaneous incidents" around 9:30 a.m. In a statement, the base said no personnel were in danger. The statement did not say what the incidents were.

The base is a tri-service military installation, combining Fort Dix, the McGuire Air Force Base, and the NAVAIR base, formerly known as the Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst.

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