Maxwell Air Force Base Reacts to Navy Yard Shooting

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By Ashley Thompson

How is Montgomery's military base reacting and protecting itself after the shooting in Washington?

A spokesperson with Maxwell Air Force base says there are some who are a little on edge after the shooting in Washington D.C. Although they say security is always at the forefront, it may be even tighter as a result.

Byers Johnson has worked at Maxwell Air Force Base for more than 35 years. He tells us he's always felt safe while on the base, even before security increased in recent years.

"Used to let you come on with just a driver's license but you got to show your I.D. Now," he explains.

Glenda Davis has worked at Maxwell for seven years, and says she's shocked that a mass shooting could happen in such a heavily secured area, like the Washington Navy Yard.

"You'd think you would be safe on the military base."

Making Maxwell a safe place is Major Benjamin R. Jacobson's job.

"Whenever I see an impact shooter incident like this, I immediately ask myself, are we prepared? And the answer is always yes," he says.

He tells us at Maxwell, safety starts at the gates, by checking I.D.

"Our entry control points properly I.D. and vetting personnel as they enter the installation. We also have patrols. There's police controls... there's security controls scattered throughout the installation that can immediately respond."

Though some say they'd prefer the base take even more security measures.

"Search vehicles," says Davis.

As investigators continue to look into the deadly shooting in Washington, elected officials are speaking out. Congresswoman Terri Sewell tells us she just wants some answers.

"I think all of us will be anxiously awaiting the investigation to find out what actually took place there," she says. "I think that this is a somber time for this whole nation and my heart goes out to the families."

One suspected gunman has been killed. Authorities say they are looking for at least one other possible shooter.

 

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