Shooting rumor prompts calls to post

Fort Gordon had to suppress a rumor Thursday when people began saying the fort was on lockdown for an active shooter.

“There is not a shooter,” spokesman Buz Yarnell said.

Multiple news agencies, including some in other states, called Fort Gordon after word spread on social media sites and through family members of people at the fort, he said.

According to a news release, the rumor started after the installation issued a “be-on-the-lookout” notice for an individual. As word spread, the message changed.

They were looking for Peter Luu, who is 20-26 years old, for questioning in connection with information provided to installation authorities. Luu was considered a “potential threat to the safety and security of the installation,” according to a press release.

Thursday afternoon fort officials said they no longer believe Luu is on the installation, but he may have visited in recent weeks.

They continue to look for him, while also trying to quell the rumor.

“We are working to inform the community that there has been no incident on Fort Gordon,” the release stated. “The be-on-the-lookout notice was issued in an excess of caution after the installation received information that warranted further investigation. Nothing is more important than the safety of our military community.”

Fort Gordon law enforcement officials have notified Richmond and Columbia county sheriff’s offices, and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command has coordinated with the FBI.

Luu is considered potentially dangerous. Officals said he might be associated with the Marine Corps or the Marine Corps Reserves.

Anyone with information on Luu’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 on Fort Gordon or (706) 791-4380 if calling from off post.

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