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Sailor firing pellet gun prompts security alert at Naval Base Point Loma

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - An enlisted sailor using a pellet gun for target practice triggered a lockdown at Naval Base San Diego Thursday.

At about 10 a.m., a report came in of an armed person in the barracks after the man was seen shooting the Airsoft pistol out of a window into a parking lot. The report prompted officials to issue a "shelter in place" order while military police, San Diego police and federal law enforcement investigated.

Once federal agents contacted the sailor, he admitted to using the pellet gun for target practice, Cmdr. Scott Adams said. A friend of the suspect was also taken into custody and off of the base. It's unclear whether either will face criminal charges.

"We are dealing with young sailors, and we inform them what is and is not appropriate. Sometimes these things happen," Adams said.

The base was reopened and normal operations resumed by 2 p.m. What began as chaos for military families ended in relief.

"They're serving their country, and it's a scary thing to think something could happen to them, but it's good to know that everything's OK," Navy wife Marriott Loret said.

The names of the detainees were not released.

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