THE Federal Bureau of Investigations believes the shooting at a naval station in Texas was connected to terrorism.
Federal agents said on Thursday the agency believes the harrowing ordeal that took place at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi was "terrorism related".
The Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, a pilot training facility since 1941, is still on lockdown following their stark Facebook warning, urging people to stay inside.
Navy officials confirmed a service member was injured during the gunman's rampage.
"Naval Security Forces at NAS Corus [sic] Christi responded to an active shooter at approximately 6:15 am this morning," read an update, posted shortly after 7.30 am local time.
"The shooter has been neutralized. All gates on the installation remain closed while first responders process the scene. NCIS and local law enforcement are on scene."
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives/Houston Field Division have arrived on the scene and an investigation is ongoing.
The initial warning said "NAS Corpus Christi is now in a lockdown status" due to an active shooter in the vicinity of the North Gate.
"If you are in or near the North Gate get out and away to safety," it stated. "Execute lockdown procedures — remain indoors and away from windows."
Naval Security Forces at NAS Corus Christi responded to an active shooter at approximatel 6:15 a.m. this morning. The…
The status quickly amassed over 3,100 shares as Corpus Christi locals urged people to "check in" on each other in the comments below.
An earlier post had stated that "at this time, all gates are closed" prompting users to speculate whether this was because of an active shooter.
NAS Corpus Christi is where Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and foreign student pilots "earn their wings" in the fours squadrons of Training Air Wing FOUR.
The Corpus Christi Army Depot is also located on site, which is the the primary aviation depot maintenance for Department of Defense rotary wing aircraft and others.
NAS Corpus Christi is now in a lockdown status. There is an active shooter in the vicinity of the North Gate. If you are…
Local cops warned people to "avoid the area entirely" as a result of the reported shooting there.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi also urged students to "avoid campus and the surrounding area."
"If you are on campus, remain indoors and away from windows until notified that the threat has ended," their Twitter warning read.
The Sun has contacted the Chief of Naval Air Training for comment.
The same navy training facility was forced to go into lockdown back on December 11 due to an unauthorized person on the base.
"No shots were fired and no injuries have been reported in regards to the incident this morning," an update on Facebook read.
"There is NO indication today's incident is connected to Friday's shooting at NAS Pensacola."
Another incident at the base occurred two months before.
"Unauthorized person on base. Base is on lockdown. All gates are secured to all traffic. SHELTER IN PLACE," the warning read.
"Security actively searching for the suspect. There are no reports of any shooting but please follow active shooter protocols as a precaution."
Brian Dale Robinson subsequently pleaded guilty to destruction of US government property and possession of a stolen firearm.
He had rammed a stolen truck into a barricade at the base and running around the base with a gun on October 7, prompting a lockdown.
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