A day after four U.S. Marines were gunned down in two separate shootings at military offices in Chattanooga, Tenn., reports Friday indicate two U.S. Coast Guard bases were secured amid unspecified threats.
Both facilities are located near New York City, with Staten Island’s Fort Wadsworth Coast Guard Sector New York having already lifted its increased security protocol. Coast Guard Sector Sandy Hoot, located at Highlands, N.J.’s Fort Hancock, was also placed on lockdown. The latest available reports do not indicate whether that order has also been lifted.
A retired police officer near Fort Wadsworth reportedly photographed a group of individuals carrying guns. Though unable to determine whether the weapons were real or paintball guns, the officer nonetheless alerted authorities.
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Checkpoints along a route between the two states appeared to involve visual inspections of vehicles heading toward New Jersey, Fox News reported. Increased foot patrol was also evident in the general area surrounding Fort Wadsworth. Developing reports indicate police are searching for two vehicles, both SUVs, in connection to the lockdown.
While authorities have not released any evidence linking Friday’s threat to the Tennessee shootings, many nonetheless predict the motive will ultimately be linked to radical Islam.