2 National Guardsmen shot near a Naval base in Millington, Tennessee; Suspect in custody

Millington, TENN. - A Navy base in Millington, Tenn. was on lockdown for about an hour Thursday afternoon following a shooting nearby that injured two National Guardsmen.

According to the official Navy Twitter account, a suspect is in custody. A Navy public affairs officer said two National Guardsmen were injured with non-life-threatening wounds by a small handgun. The suspect, also a National Guardsman, is in custody. One Guardsman was shot in the leg, the other in the foot.

The two victims were taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

The suspect, who was apprehended at the shooting scene by other people in the building, was taken into custody by Millington police and is the city jail a short distance northeast of the shooting scene.

It is not known which agency will handle the charging of the suspect. A call came in at 12:33 p.m. of an active shooting scene at the National Guard Armory on the north side of Millington, not in the secure area of the base. The land was donated years ago to the city of Millington; the Armory is a state building. Police Chief Rita Stanback said that a small caliber handgun was found at the scene in the building, but the suspect did not have it in his possession at the time.

Stanback could not confirm reports of whether the suspect was a disgruntled employee who had gone to the car to get his gun.

Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington has 8,000 employees, 1,800 of which are civilians.

A warning came on the base-wide public address system, for everyone to go into the nearest building. There was also a warning that went out on computers on the base. Base security, which includes civilian Department of Defense officers and Navy Masters at Arms, were circulating to make sure everyone got under cover. Officials were conducting a head count to make sure all employees were accounted for.

Intensified security measures have been in place for several weeks following the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. on Sept. 16

About 12:45 p.m., after two announcements over a loudspeaker to "shelter in place," golfers who had been called back from the Glen Eagle Golf Course in Millington gathered in front of a TV, cellphones to their ears and visors on their heads.

Brandon Mendes, head golf professional at Glen Eagle, filled in the golfers as about 100 or so players remained locked in the clubhouse at about 1:20 p.m.

"It's going to be awhile," Mendes said. When a golfer asked if they could head out to continue playing, Mendes said no.

"That would be considered trespassing on federal property because the base is on lockdown."

Most of the golfers were here for a tournament to benefit Common Ground, a race-relations initiative. The shooting was between a quarter and a half mile from the sixth hole at the course.


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