A mall on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was temporarily cordoned off Wednesday as base security forces investigate a suspicious package in the area which turned out to be an empty suitcase.
John Pennell, JBER’s chief of media operations, says military police responded at about 11:45 a.m. to the Shopette convenience store, near the PX/BX Joint Military Mall at the intersection of the Grady Highway and Provider Drive, to investigate the package.
According to Pennell, a 500-foot cordon was set up around the store which blocked off the mall due to its location. The nearby Muldoon gate was also closed to incoming traffic during the investigation.
People had been advised to avoid the area during the investigation. JBER officials planned to pose updates Wednesday on its Facebook page.
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