CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (NNS) -- Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (NASCC) Navy Security Forces successfully responded to an active shooter yesterday morning as an armed suspect attempted to gain entry to the air station.
“The Sailor who first encountered the shooter displayed tremendous courage and took immediate action under fire that allowed Navy Security Forces to respond quickly and effectively,” said NASCC Commanding Officer Capt. Christopher Jason. “The gate sentries and responding units promptly contained the situation and prevented the suspect from gaining access to the installation, its employees, and its residents.”
Also responding were numerous local, state and federal agencies.
“I very much appreciate the contributions made by so many agencies who responded, including the Corpus Christi Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, ATF, NCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Coast Guard Investigative Service, the Texas State Attorney’s office, and the FBI. Each agency brought unique capabilities and expertise and the teamwork was phenomenal,” added Jason.
The FBI is now the lead agency for this incident, working with NCIS and local law enforcement. According to Jason, NASCC is supporting the ongoing investigation.
Normal operations at the installation resumed late in the afternoon on May 21.
“I am extremely proud of our Security personnel,” Jason added. “They train constantly to ensure the safety of our base and all who live and work here. Yesterday, their training was put to the test, and each member of the team responded with courage and professionalism. Their heroic actions absolutely saved lives.”