The U.S. Army tells KTRK-TV that they are overseeing a “multi-agency training drill” at the old Carnegie High School on Houston’s south side. There were reportedly armed men in fatigues, a lot of firearms and what many believed were real live rounds.
The Army did not give any additional details regarding what the training is all about or why it is being conducted in Houston.
KTRK-TV provides some raw footage of the apparent training drill:
One local resident, Frances Jerrals, didn’t understand what was happening when she saw military helicopters flying over her southeast Houston neighborhood.
“When you see this, you think the worst. When you hear this, you think the worst,” Jerrals told KTRK-TV.
“I felt like I was in a war zone…It was nonstop. I was terrified,” she added.
Another resident said the Army should do a better job of alerting the locals before they conduct such an alarming training drill.
A statement from police in Miami-Dade County argued the training exercise in Miami was “routine” and “designed to ensure the military’s ability to operate in urban environments, prepare forces for upcoming overseas deployments and meet mandatory certification requirement.”
This story may be updated with additional information.