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Pellet gun firing cause Navy base lockdown

Updated Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 2:45 p.m.

The commander of Naval Base Point Loma says a report of an armed man on the San Diego base led to detention of a serviceman who had fired a gun that shoots soft plastic pellets.

Cmdr. Scott Adams says a second serviceman was also taken into custody.

The Thursday morning report of a possible gunman led to an order that personnel shelter in place on the base, which is home to the Third Fleet command and other major units.

Adams says the shooter told investigators that he was firing the plastic pellets from a barracks, using a parking garage mirror as a target. Pellets were found outside the barracks and near the mirror.

The names of the detainees have not been released.

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