A major US naval base in Virginia went on lockdown after an active shooter incident

Approximate location of NAS Oceana, a US naval base near Virginia Beach. Google Maps/INSIDER
  • Naval Air Station Oceana went on lockdown on Friday morning after an active shooter incident.
  • There was one victim. Local media reported that the person had a minor leg wound.
  • All gates to the base are closed and police reportedly warned people not to go near the area.
  • NAS Oceana is home to 18 fighter jet squadrons and about 10,500 active Navy personnel and their families.
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A major US Navy station in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was placed on lockdown Friday after an active shooter incident on the base.

NAS Air Station Oceana confirmed the incident on Twitter, and said that the perpetrator was “contained.” One person was injured, the station confirmed. Local news anchor Kristen Crowley reported the victim had a minor leg wound.

The base added that the victim was transported to hospital.

Naval Air Station Oceana previously announced the lockdown at 7:18 a.m., noting an unspecified “security incident.” It lifted the lockdown one hour later.

All gates to the base are closed and nobody can access it at this time, the Virginia Beach fire Department tweeted.

Police also warned people not to go near the area, local WAVY-TV reporter Katie Collett reported.

Footage outside the base tweeted by local 13NewsNow reporter Chenue Her showed dozens of people in uniform gathered at the entrance. Some of them can be seen hugging each other as they were let out of the base, Her noted.



NAS Oceana is one of the US Navy’s three “master jet bases” in the country, and houses 18 Hornet and Super Hornet fighter jet squadrons, according to the base’s website.

It is home to some 10,500 active Navy personnel, about 10,000 family members and 4,500 civilian personnel, the base said.

Representatives for neither NAS Oceana nor Virginia Beach were available for comment at time of publication. INSIDER has contacted the US Navy for comment.