[UPDATE 5:32PM EST: No active shooter was present at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, according to officials.]
In the pantheon of strange tales that we will undoubtedly tell our children, the story of little green men crash landing on a remote ranch in the New Mexico desert will definitely be near the top.
The ensuing madness turned the nation into a farce of itself, as otherwise sane Americans began to buzz with worry about an alien invasion, or being abducted in the dead of night by these presumably nefarious, otherworldly beings. Our government made matters worse, of course, by immediately issuing a flimsy denial that now serves as the impetus to every “weather balloon” joke we’ve ever heard.
As this legend grew to extraordinary size, so did its circle of influence, with one Air Force property in particular becoming central to the story.
Now, Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio is in the news once again…
Reports of an active shooter sent emergency responders racing to the hospital at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio on Thursday afternoon. The base is on lockdown.
A spokesperson for the Air Force base confirmed on Twitter that base emergency responders, including security forces and the fire department, responded to a reported active shooter incident at a building at the base’s hospital at around 12:40 p.m. local time.
Wright State University and nearby schools temporarily went into lockdown after the first alerts went out. Approximately 20 minutes after the alert was issued, the university tweeted that they had been told the incident had been “contained.”
Given the base’s bizarre history, the conspiracy theorists of Reddit have already begun their speculation as to what could be the “real” meaning behind this, claiming that an “active shooter drill” was planned for earlier in the day.
Authorities will certainly release more information as the situation on the ground gets sorted out.