Malmstrom Air Force Base closed due to shooter alert

The threat originated in Building 219 at Malmstrom Air Force Base, prompting a coordinated response from Air Force and emergency personnel.

Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. —Malmstrom Air Force

Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana, was on lockdown Thursday following reports of an active shooter situation.

The incident unfolded around 10:30 a.m. MST, prompting immediate action from base authorities, who quickly implemented FPCON Delta, effectively halting all activities on the base except security measures.

The alleged real-world threat originated in Building 219, prompting a coordinated response from Air Force and emergency personnel. While the exact number of injuries has not been revealed, Malmstrom officials have emphasized the importance of public cooperation in maintaining a safe distance from the affected area.

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte expressed concern, saying, “We have been in contact with General Hronek regarding reports of an active shooter alert at Malmstrom Air Force Base. I will continue to monitor the situation with the general”.

Similarly, Democratic US Senator Jon Tester assured that the evolution of the situation will be closely monitored and highlighted the importance of a rapid and measured response.

Local authorities, including the Great Falls Montana Police Department, played a crucial role in containing the incident, providing security and support to both the base and nearby schools. Coordinated efforts have been effective, as closures have been lifted at most local schools, except for Chief Joseph and Loy elementary schools, where students remain inside their classrooms as a precaution.

The seriousness of the situation was reflected in the base's official statement issued at 11:57 a.m., indicating the timeline of events and the deployment of FPCON Delta.

The call for public cooperation resonated throughout, emphasizing the community's role in minimizing potential injuries and allowing grassroots agencies to handle the situation effectively.

As the situation continues to develop, Malmstrom Air Force Base remains alert, with nearly 3,300 soldiers and more than 500 civilians working at the base, along with approximately 2,300 civilians residing on site.

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