Neighbors confused by active shooter false alarm

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FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) — The area surrounding Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is full of family homes. An active shooter false alarm Thursday afternoon left many people in the area wondering if they were in danger. 

“I was at work. My daughter called me and let me know what was going on. My son pulled out his phone and we listened to the news on the radio at work,” said Fairborn residents Timothy Howard. 

An active shooter was called into 911 just before 1 p.m. In a matter of hours, neighbors learned it was a false alarm.

Up until that point, Howard didn’t feel the need to feel nervous about the situation. “I wasn’t worried because over there, that’s what they do is protect us. So I didn’t think it was going to be coming off there,” Howard said.”

He said he felt the miliary base would do a good job of keeping him safe in the event of a real threat. 

“It’s not going too long, I don’t expect. They have a lot of soldier and guns over there,” Howard said.

A few blocks down from where Howard lives, Savannah Davis watched as emergency vehicles  swarmed the area. She said living close to the base, usually makes her feel safer. Thursday, it brought concern.

“My god, what’s going on. My family could be in danger given it’s happening on the fourth floor that looks directly at my house,” Davis said.

Wright-Patterson officials announced there was never an active shooter but they often train for situations like this. 

“Over there, that’s what they do is protect us,” Howard said.

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