published Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Pellet gun firing causes Navy base lockdown

SAN DIEGO — The commander of Naval Base Point Loma says a report of an armed man on the San Diego base led to detention of a sailor who had fired a gun that shoots soft plastic pellets.

Capt. Scott Adams says a second serviceman was also taken into custody.

The Thursday morning report of a possible gunman led to an order that personnel shelter in place on the base, which is home to the Third Fleet command and other major units.

Adams says the shooter told investigators he was firing the pellets from a barracks, using a parking garage mirror as a target. Pellets were found outside the barracks and near the mirror. A base spokesman identified the gun as a so-called airsoft pistol.

The names of the detainees haven't been released.

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