2 hurt in shooting near Tenn. base

Police and fire officials briefed reporters after the shooting near the base.
Adrian Sainz/Associated Press
Police and fire officials briefed reporters after the shooting near the base.

MILLINGTON, Tenn. — A member of the National Guard opened fire at an armory outside a US Navy base in Tennessee, wounding two soldiers before being subdued and disarmed by others soldiers, officials said Thursday.

Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback said the shooter was apprehended Thursday by other National Guard members, and that he did not have the small handgun used in the shooting in his possession by the time officers arrived. Stanback said two National Guard members were shot, one in the foot and one in the leg.

‘‘I’m sure there could have been more injuries if they hadn’t taken him into custody,’’ Stanback said.


The two people shot were taken to a hospital. Stanback said at a news conference that their conditions were not immediately known, though the Navy said on its official Twitter account that neither had life-threatening injuries.

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The shooter was a recruiter who had been relieved of duty, said a law enforcement official briefed on the developments. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Stanback said the shooting happened inside an armory building just outside Naval Support Activity Mid-South. There are more than 7,500 military, civilian, and contract personnel working on the base, according to the facility’s official website.

The Navy said the base was briefly placed on lockdown, though the lockdown was lifted in the afternoon.

Associated Press