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Bexar County Confirms 2 Dead, Murder-Suicide Suspected

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed two people are dead at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland after an active shooter was reported earlier this morning, according to Bexar County spokesman James Keith.

Bexar County spokesman James Keith
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Bexar County spokesman James Keith

Officials say they suspect it may have been a murder-suicide. The two people have not yet been identified and no other information has been released. The condition of others has not yet been reported.

The lockdown on the base was lifted at about 10:20 a.m. after authorities -- includingBexarCounty deputies and San Antonio Police officers searched room for room to make sure there were no other shooters. The FBI is also on the scene and will take charge of the investigation.

The call originally came in from someone at Lackland at 8:40 a.m. from the 900 block of Voyager at Building 147 at the Medina Base Annex, says Bexar County spokesman James Keith. The military facility remains on lockdown.

The Medina Annex is home to cybersecurity and Intelligence operations and part of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The base is also the home of Air Force basic training.

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Location of Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland
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Location of Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland

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Louisa Jonas
Louisa Jonas is an independent public radio producer, environmental writer, and radio production teacher based in Baltimore. She is thrilled to have been aPRXSTEM Story Project recipient for which she produced a piece about periodical cicadas. Her work includes documentaries about spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Louisa previously worked as the podcast producer at WYPR 88.1FM in Baltimore. There she created and produced two documentary podcast series: Natural Maryland and Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts. The Nature Conservancy selected her documentaries for their podcast Nature Stories. She has also produced for the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations Podcast. Louisa is editor of the book Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her training also includes journalism fellowships from the Science Literacy Project and the Knight Digital Media Center, both in Berkeley, CA. Most recently she received a journalism fellowship through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she traveled to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska to study climate change. In addition to her work as an independent producer, she teaches radio production classes at Howard Community College to a great group of budding journalists. She has worked as an environmental educator and canoe instructor but has yet to convince a great blue heron to squawk for her microphone…she remains undeterred.
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