Yesterday turned tragic at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, when two airmen were pronounced dead after an active shooter alert, as previously reported. The U.S. Air Force has finally released the names of the two men who died of an apparent murder-suicide.
WJACTV reports Brigadier General and Commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing Robert LaBrutta confirms the identities of the two airmen. The names of the deceased are Air Force Lieutenant Colonel William A. Schroeder and Air Force Technical Sergeant Steven D. Bellino. Schroader was the 342nd Training Squadron Commander of the 37th Training Wing. Bellino was a 342nd Training Squadron student.
First responders found the two dead bodies inside an office of building 147 at approximately 8:50 a.m. Robert LaBrutta shares a statement with the public.
“A tragedy of this type is felt by each and every member, but we will pull together to help our own. The 502d Air Base Wing and all of Joint Base San Antonio convey our thoughts and prayers to the families who were impacted by this tragedy and our entire focus is to ensure they have the support they need to persevere during this very difficult time,”
The incident is believed to be a murder-suicide, although this has yet to be confirmed.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Lackland Air Force Base has firearm restrictions, and military officials are trying to determine if Sgt. Bellino was even authorized to carry a gun on base.
It was confirmed that two Glock handguns were discovered near the bodies. Investigators are still trying to determine why the sergeant would kill his commander, then turn the gun on himself.
A neighbor of the Lieutenant Colonel Schroeder reveals Schroeder had a child that was school-aged and lived in the Alamo Ranch area, and other sources mentioned how he was an active community member, according to KEPRTV.
Brigadier General Trent Edwards also made a statement.
“Our primary focus at this time is to take care of the family and the men and women who are grieving our losses.”
Right now, the FBI is assisting in the investigation in hopes for more answers. It is certainly a tragedy not only for the family members, but also for the fellow military members at Lackland Air Force Base.
NBC News mentions a statement made by the FBI, confirming that this incident at Lackland Air Force Base was not an act of terrorism, but more of a “workplace violence incident.”
It was certainly a scary and terrifying moment when the base went on lockdown. Sydney Spalding, 20, tells NBC News this.
“We were driving around looking for somewhere to park and an announcement came on all over base saying there was an active shooter in building 147. You saw different airmen running in uniform and people spreading out. We were still in the car debating if we could leave. We parked and were trying to find somewhere to hide out and was pulled into a dark building to hide out.”
The base remained on lockdown for about an hour until it was confirmed the attack had ended. The shots were reported at 8:40 a.m. and the bodies were found just before 9 a.m. The buildings were swept and secured before confirming two were dead.
Lackland Air Force base is the home of Air Force Basic Training and 80,000 full-time personnel, according to ABC News. It is also one of the largest Air Force bases in the United States.
Further updates will be provided as soon as they become available, as this investigation is ongoing.
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