As many as eight people were injured in a shooting Wednesday afternoon at Fort Hood, Texas — the same base where a military psychiatrist killed 13 people 4½ years ago — military officials told NBC News.
Officials said one person was in custody and that a second possible shooter was being sought.
Few details were immediately available, but a supervisor at Scott & White Memorial Hospital told NBC News that the hospital was “setting up a command center.”
The base confirmed in a statement that “injuries are reported” and that “emergency crews are on the scene.”
Bell County and state public safety deputies were securing the perimeter of the area, a senior local law enforcement source said.
The FBI was also on-scene to support law enforcement, according to the sources.
Waco police told the public to avoid the fort, saying on Twitter that “there is an on-going active shooter.”
Nevertheless, dozens of friends and relatives of Fort Hood personnel gathered in the base’s visitors’ seeking information about loved ones, NBC station KCEN of Waco reported.
Witnesses and military officials said the shooting occurred about 4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. ET). The base’s emergency alert system immediately sounded, and all personnel were told to shelter in place.
Antonio Ortiz, 30, who lives a quarter of a mile from the east gate of Fort Hood, said he heard a commotion and went outside to hear alarms going off and announcements for people to stay inside.
He went back in and turned on the TV news, then soon after heard a barrage of gunshots.
“It sounded powerful,” he said, adding that while it seemed to be coming from the base, he couldn’t rule out the possibility someone in the civilian neighborhood was shooting.
“I’m scared for my son. He’s seven,” Ortiz said. “But I do have a 12-gauge pump shotgun.”
Central Texas College nearby was being evacuated, and all Thursday evening classes at the college and at Fort Hood were canceled, the college said.
President Obama has been informed about the shooting at Fort Hood and will continue to receive updates, White House spokesman said.
SOURCE: M. ALEX JOHNSON AND JIM MIKLASZEWSKI