Tucson air base lockdown: Communication failure

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Tucson air base lockdown: Communication failure

CREATED Mar 13, 2012

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PHOENIX (AP) - The military's review of a lockdown at an Air Force base on the southern edge of Tucson last year says an initial report about a suspicious gunman led to a series of communication breakdowns.
There were unconfirmed reports of gunfire at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on Sept. 16 that prompted the lockdown. No weapons or gunman were ever found.
The Arizona Republic reports that a report released Monday says an unauthorized suspect carrying a gun on a military base is referred to as an "active shooter," even if no weapon has been fired.
So when a civilian mistakenly reported seeing a gunman, military responders began talking about an active shooter and civilian dispatchers spread word of a shooting.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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