1 injured after shoot out at US naval station, suspect ‘neutralised’

The Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi is under lockdown following an active shooter threat in Corpus Christi, Texas. (AP pic)

WASHINGTON: The US Navy said on Thursday an active shooter at its Corpus Christi naval air station in Texas had been “neutralised,” with one security force member injured in the events that unfolded in the early morning hours.

“Naval Security Forces at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi responded to an active shooter at approximately 6.15am this morning,” said the US Navy Information Office in a statement.

“The shooter has been neutralised. One Security Force member is injured,” it said, without providing details.

The station itself said in a post on Facebook that the station remained on lockdown and the scene was not “clear,” urging personnel not to move around unless cleared to do so.

The local police department on its Facebook page said that both gates to the base were shut and asked residents to “avoid the area entirely.”

At the same time, Texas A&M University, located nearby, asked any students on campus to remain indoors and away from windows. The Navy said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service was en route and that state and local law enforcement was on the scene.

Late last year, a Saudi gunman killed three US sailors in an attack at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida, just days after a US sailor shot three civilians at the historic Pearl Harbour military base in Hawaii, killing two of them before taking his own life.