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'That was real terror that we felt': Photo shows bullet holes from gunfire during Wright-Patterson drill

A photo that shows damage to drywall at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base medical center was taken by a civilian employee who claims it shows damage resulting from Thursday’s active shooter response.

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By THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS Published: August 4, 2018

DAYTON, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — A photo that shows damage to drywall at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base medical center was taken by a civilian employee who claims it shows damage resulting from Thursday’s active shooter response.

The employee shared that photo with the Dayton Daily News Friday afternoon. She declined to be identified by name.

She said she and four other workers barricaded themselves in a first-floor room of the hospital and then heard gunfire.

The photo, posted to social media, shows holes in drywall.

“Make no mistake, these were real bullets that tore through the wall where we were hiding,” she wrote in her post. “That was real drywall we felt flying through the air. That was real terror that we felt.”

This new information comes one day after base officials said a law enforcement officer fired a shot on the first floor of the medical center as crews were responding to an active shooter report.

The officer who fired the shot has not been identified and has not been placed on leave, said Marie Vanover, director of public affairs at Wright-Patterson.

Base officials said Thursday that an officer discharged his weapon to get through a locked door during a sweep of the building.

No active shooter was found. No one was injured.

Base officials are not releasing the initial 9-1-1 call that prompted the active shooter response, and said the call won’t be released until the investigation into the incident is complete. Details of the call are also not being released.

Later calls received by bordering agencies detail the chaos as officers responded. During one call, police can be heard yelling in the background as well as a noise, which could possibly be a gunshot.

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner has asked Wright-Patterson installation commander Col. Thomas Sherman for a briefing to learn what led to the response.

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