US naval base in western Japan on lockdown after reported gunshots

Gunshots had been reported from a building on the base, 980 km (614 miles) west of Tokyo, and the base was put on lockdown as a precaution.

By: Reuters | Tokyo | Published:November 3, 2016 9:23 am
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A US naval base at Sasebo, in western Japan, was put on lockdown on Thursday after reports of gunshots, a Navy spokesman said, but there was no confirmation of an active shooter.

Gunshots had been reported from a building on the base, 980 km (614 miles) west of Tokyo, and the base was put on lockdown as a precaution as the building was checked by security, said Darin Wilson, Deputy Public Affairs Officer for U.S. Naval Forces, Japan.