However, there were conflicting accounts, with local media also suggested the alarm had been triggered by shots near the base, rather than on it. The alarm was raised at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, just after 7am local time. Veteran naval officer Andrew Learned tweeted: “Just got an alert while here at MacDill for an Active Shooter. We’re in lock-down. Be safe.” Veteran Jeremy Kotkin added: “MacDill AFB…..right now…..not a drill.”
An alerted tweeted by Mr Kotkin stated: “All personnel, lockdown, lockdown, lockdown.
“An active shooter is near bldg 1180, 1156, 1185, 4899, Radar Road, entrance to control tower.
“Lock all doors and remain in place. Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown.”
A tweet posted by Fox 13 Tampa Bay denied the reports, stating: “There is NO active shooter, according to MacDill AFB officials.