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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Moody Air Force Base is back to regular operation tonight after a massive emergency response to a report of a shooter on the base.

It turned out to be a false alarm.

Multiple people on the base got some sort of automated phone call claiming there was an active shooter at Moody.

The phone call said the shooter was at the north end of the flight line. Officials locked the base down at 1:30 this afternoon. No was allowed to leave or enter. Lowndes County deputies were called to assist and began staging for the threat. Officials say they never found a shooter, and say the phone call was a false alarm.

"It was not a person's voice it was a computerized voice, so therefore then again we were very suspicious that something may be occurring and we're getting to the bottom of where that computerized phone call may have called from," said Col. Steven Ramer, Vice Wing Cmdr., 23rd wing.

The lock down was lifted right before 3 p.m. Moody officials are currently investigating the origination of the phone calls.

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After going to a 'lock-down' condition early this afternoon, Moody Air Force base is returning to normal operations.

There were reports of 'an active shooter' on the base, but Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine says this was simply 'a false alarm.'

Moody command issued this statement about 5:45-

 Moody Air Force Base terminated lock down procedures at approximately 3 p.m. today after determining a reported active shooter threat did not exist.

The active shooter report originated from an automated voice message received by several Airmen on Moody. The Airmen reported the phone calls to base emergency officials and lock down procedures were implemented at approximately 1:25 p.m. Emergency personnel responded to the situation immediately and determined a threat did not exist.

 "We take all active shooter reports seriously and I'm proud of the way our Airmen and everyone on base responded," said Col Billy Thompson, 23d Wing commander. "We also appreciate the partnership and support we received from the Lowndes County and Valdosta first responders as the situation developed."

 Security Forces and Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Moody are investigating the source of the phone calls.

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