A National Guard recruiter opened fire at an armory outside a Navy base in Tennessee on Thursday, shooting at least two people before other National Guard members subdued and disarmed him, authorities said.
One member of the National Guard was shot in the leg; the other was shot in the foot. Both were taken to the hospital, but the Navy said neither suffered life-threatening injuries.
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“I’m sure there could have been more injuries if they hadn’t taken him into custody,” Millington police Chief Rita Stanback told The Associated Press
Neither the shooter nor his victims were immediately identified.
The National Guard armory is in a nonsecured area of the base, according to media reports.
The AP cited a law enforcement official as saying the shooter was a recruiter who had been relieved of duty.
The gunfire erupted at the armory by Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn.
About 8,000 people work on the base, including military, civilian, and contract personnel. It houses headquarters of the Navy Personnel Command, Navy Recruiting Command, the Navy Manpower Analysis Center and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Finance Center, the AP said.
The Memphis Commercial Appeal said heightened security measures have been in place at military bases
since the Sept. 16 fatal shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. It reported that about 12:45, two announcements were made over a loudspeaker to seek “shelter in place.”
The Navy said in a statement that it and the U.S. Army
are working with local law enforcement officials to investigate the incident. The base was briefly placed on lockdown because of the shooting.
The shooting was the second at a military installation in a little more than a month. On Sept. 16, a gunman fatally shot 12 people and injured three others at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command inside the Washington Navy Yard
at the nation’s capital.
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