UPDATE: No Threat Found, 177th Fighter Wing Lockdown Lifted
UPDATE 3:30 PM Normal operations have resumed at the 177 Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard after several anxious hours of a lockdown after shots were heard being fired on base.
In an update from base operations via Facebook Saturday afternoon, officials said no actual threat was found after the report of shots being fired. This happened on a day of scheduled exercises on base, but the shots heard were not initially thought to have been related to the exercises.
It's not known if the shots a different conclusion was made that the source of the gunshots was the on-base exercises, but after state and local police responded to the base and investigated, the all-clear was given at about 2:45 pm Saturday.
UPDATE 2: 06 pm:
The 177 Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard went into lockdown at 10:50 pm Saturday when gunshots were heard on the base. the shots were determined not to have anything to do with the training exercise being held at the base today.
Th3 177th Fighter Wing posted this update about the situation at 1:40 pm Saturday.
The 177th Fighter Wing received reports of an unknown source of gunshots fired during a base exercise in the area of building of 52. Shots heard were determined not to be an exercise inject. The exercise was immediately suspended. The base was placed in lockdown at approximately 10:50 a.m. State and local authorities responded to the Wing. All authorities determined the area to be clear and safe and normal operations have resumed.
The 177 Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard went into lockdown early Saturday afternoon. Officials at the base made the announcement at 12:40 pm Saturday.
The 177th Fighter Wing is currently in lockdown in response to a suspicious incident report. This is an active investigation. We will provide an update when further details are available.
The 177th Fighter Wing had announced they would be engaged in a Wing training exercise through Saturday.
The Fighter Wing said the exercise is a typical training event required every 12 to 18 months to ensure mission capability and survivability in an overseas military operation and that activities would be confined to the base.
It's not known if the lockdown or the suspicious incident has anything to do with the training exercises.