Official: Contractors reported possible gunshots at Ft. Eustis

Joint Base Langley-Eustis confirmed shots were fired outside of building 650 at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. No reports of injuries. (WAVY photo)
Joint Base Langley-Eustis confirmed shots were fired outside of building 650 at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. No reports of injuries. (WAVY photo)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Fort Eustis was placed on precautionary lockdown Friday afternoon, according to officials.

“We figured better safe than sorry since we didn’t know what was going on at the time,” said Langley-Ft. Eustis Colonel Bill Galbraith.

Fort Eustis command staff only knew there was a call from Building 650 about shots fired. That sent the post into lockdown.

Photos: Report of gunshots locks down Ft. Eustis

Joint Base Langley-Eustis issued a news release around 12:30 p.m. that confirmed shots were fired outside of building 650, which is the in-processing center, at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

“There was an assumption that there were shots fired in Building 650 and there was not,” Galbraith added.

Galbraith says three contractors were working on the roof of the building when they heard what they thought sounded like gun fire.

“There is times weapons will be discharged and there is noises on the installation so a contractor who is not familiar with the military might have jumped to the conclusion,” Galbraith said.

Base security never found anyone with a gun, anyone injured or any damage from flying bullets. Building 650 which is the soldiers support center was cleared. After about an hour, the lockdown was lifted.

“It’s better to think of the worst and then retract off that,” Galbraith added.

Galbraith says no one was taking any chances, but Friday’s incident proved to be a good exercise for everyone on post.

“We have some lessons learned out of this, and we have some ways we need to do better, but none the less, the beauty of it is that the emergency managers and the first responders did exactly what they were supposed to do,” Galbraith said.

The remains under investigation.