Space News
space history and artifacts articles

Messages
space history discussion forums

Sightings
worldwide astronaut appearances

Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Space Events & Happenings
  Gunman at Johnson Space Center

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Gunman at Johnson Space Center
Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-20-2007 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An alert was sent to the Mission Operations Directorate at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas at 2:28 p.m.:
quote:
We have been advised by the Center that there is a security incident in progress in the B44 area and everyone is to stay inside until further notice.
There have been unconfirmed reports of gunfire. JSC public affairs can only confirm as of now that a weapon was reported inside Building 44.

Building 44, the Communications and Tracking Development Laboratory, has been evacuated. Employees elsewhere on site have been told to stay inside.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-20-2007 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
JSC e-mail to employees:
quote:
Security Situation in Building 44

We have a report of an individual with a weapon in Building 44. Security has responded and evacuated the building while continuing to evaluate the situation. Residents of all other buildings are advised to shelter in place until further notice. The roads around Building 44 are blocked.

As always we are concerned about the safety and security of our employees. Please cooperate with security during this time. We will keep you posted.


Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-20-2007 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Description of suspect from the police: A white man, age 50-52, blond hair, no facial hair, glasses, 5'9", blueish or gray shirt and blue jeans. According to the police, he has barricaded himself on the second floor of Building 44 at Johnson Space Center.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-20-2007 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to KTRK TV 13, citing NASA spokesman James Hartsfield, there is now confirmation of shots having been fired.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-20-2007 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Reports are citing police that the suspect is an employee of Jacobs Engineering, a NASA contractor.

From a Jacobs' release describes their role at Johnson Space Center:

"Jacobs' areas of responsibility include providing engineering products and services for the International Space Station, Space Shuttle, and other spacecraft flight programs; design, development, certification, and production of hardware and software for NASA programs; operation and maintenance of on-site laboratories and facilities; curation of astromaterials collections; research of planetary materials for planetary missions, the Shuttle, and Space Station programs; research and development for new technology; and technology transfer and institutional support services."

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-20-2007 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Johnson Space Center-wide e-mail:
quote:
Security Situation Update

In the last e-mail communication, employees were encouraged to remain in their buildings. There’s no need to continue to shelter-in-place. Employees are welcome to leave as they desire.

In light of the ongoing situation, employees are asked to exit through the following gates:

  • For those in the 300 and 400 area, please exit through the Space Center Boulevard gate near Bay Area Boulevard.

  • For employees located in the 200 area and core area, please exit through the main gate or through the Space Center Boulevard gate (closest to the NASA Parkway and the Hilton).

  • For parents departing the child care center, please use the Gilruth exit or the "Hilton Gate."

To ensure your safety, Security has blocked off Second Street -- the road in front of Building 44.

We appreciate your continued cooperation with Security officials.

----
Brought to you by the JSC Office of Communications and Public Affairs.


spaceman1953
Member

Posts: 933
From: South Bend, IN United States of America
Registered: Apr 2002

posted 04-20-2007 04:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the running commentary....I knew this is the place to be after I first read about this on ABC website about 45 minutes ago.

Thanks !

Gene

Lunar rock nut
Member

Posts: 680
From: Oklahoma city, Oklahoma U.S.A.
Registered: Feb 2007

posted 04-20-2007 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am getting a live feed from Yahoo News, if you aren't registered with ABC.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-20-2007 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Capt. Dwayne Ready with Houston Police is briefing media outside Johnson Space Center.

Houston Police received a report of possible shots fired just after 2:00 p.m. CDT. They responded and met with NASA security, constables and the FBI.

Their SWAT team is now on site and has taken control of inner-perimeter.

The description of the suspect is a white male, 50-60 with one weapon — a handgun, though they do not know if it is a revolver or semi-automatic. It is confirmed, based on a witness report, that the suspect fired two shots.

The only observation of the suspect is by another JSC employee. The police have not seen him. They do not know if he is alone nor can they confirm that all employees in Building 44 have been accounted for. There is no confirmation as to the suspect's identity.

FutureAstronaut
New Member

Posts:
From:
Registered:

posted 04-20-2007 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FutureAstronaut   Click Here to Email FutureAstronaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Its all over the TV. Some channels are saying that at least one person has been shot, and some are saying that there are no injury reports as of now.

------------------
Mike

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-20-2007 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two people are dead: a male hostage and the gunman, William A. Phillips, Jr.

A second hostage, a female, escaped unharmed.

In the process of negotiators attempting to establish contact with Mr. Phillips, police heard a gun shot and after entering the building to investigate, they found that he had shot himself once in the head.

The male hostage is believed to have been a victim of the earlier two shots reported.

According to NASA's employee directory, Mr. Phillips was employed by Engineering and Sciences Contract Group (ESCG).

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-20-2007 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Per JSC, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin is on the way to the center.
quote:
Statement by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on Shootings at Johnson Space Center

All of us at NASA are profoundly saddened by today's tragedy at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims and all those touched by today's events.


Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-20-2007 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Associated Press has confirmed the identity of the gunman as Phillips and reported the names of the hostages:
quote:
The slain hostage, identified as David Beverly, was shot in the chest and was likely to have been shot "in the early minutes of the whole ordeal," Police Capt. Dwayne Ready said. Initial reports indicated two shots were fired at about 1:40 p.m. CDT and another shot was heard about 5 p.m. According to NASA's employee directory, Beverly was a NASA employee.

A second hostage, Fran Crenshaw, escaped after being bound to a chair with duct tape, Ready said. Crenshaw is listed in the employee directory as a contract worker with MRI Technologies.


randy
Member

Posts: 1287
From: West Jordan, Utah USA
Registered: Dec 1999

posted 04-20-2007 09:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those involved-

.

Randy

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-20-2007 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sent to JSC employees:
quote:
A Message from Center Director Mike Coats

A tragedy struck our NASA family today.

While we don't yet understand all that's happened, our hearts and prayers go out to the families and coworkers who lost their loved ones today and to the survivor who endured a tragic ordeal.

Violence of this kind is always difficult to understand. In the days to come, you may find yourself experiencing a variety of physical or emotional reactions. If you'd like to talk with someone, there are resources to help you. Please call the Employee Assistance Program.

As we learn more about this event and its causes, we'll share that information as we can. In the meantime, please take this time to care for yourself and the people around you.

Mike


CAC
New Member

Posts:
From:
Registered:

posted 04-20-2007 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CAC   Click Here to Email CAC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrible event.

TRS
Member

Posts: 597
From: Wellington, New Zealand
Registered: Mar 2003

posted 04-20-2007 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
.

gliderpilotuk
Member

Posts: 3043
From: London, UK
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 04-21-2007 02:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My sympathy to all involved.
I guess the BIG question is: how do you get a gun past security into a NASA facility??

Paul

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-21-2007 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Phillips was an employee and as such he had proper identification to be on-site. While NASA security rules prohibit firearms to be brought on property, there are 15,000 employees who need to enter JSC, many multiple times a day, and then have access to over 100 entrance ways into the buildings on the premises.

All pass through security gates where cars are subject to random searches. Key buildings to on-going space operations, such as Mission Control and the Neutral Buoyancy Facility, have metal detectors that all visitors must pass through.

Building 44 was a support building, a group of offices, and not a high profile target. The logistics of trying to manage access for that many employees throughout all of JSC is a daunting thought.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27327
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 04-25-2007 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Johnson Space Center held a memorial this morning to honor senior avionics systems engineer David Beverly, who was killed in the shooting incident at the center on April 20.

The memorial was held in Teague Auditorium for NASA employees and contractors. The event was not broadcast on public NASA TV, nor was it open to the public.

According to KHOU TV in Houston, almost 700 people attended the service.

The Houston Chronicle recently published a profile of Beverly: NASA engineer who was slain loved to tinker

zee_aladdin
Member

Posts: 773
From: California
Registered: Oct 2004

posted 04-30-2007 03:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for zee_aladdin   Click Here to Email zee_aladdin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any information on why this guy did what he did? Was there some kind of secrets or a long story? Or did he just all of sudden go mad over his job?

- Zee

lunarrv15
Member

Posts: 1295
From: Cincinnati, Ohio, Hamilton
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 04-30-2007 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The gunman was given a poor job performance as part of a job evaluation by the person he shot.

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 1999-2012 collectSPACE.com All rights reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a





advertisement