Millington Naval Base: Lockdown Lifted After 2 People Shot Near Base

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
October 24, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Millington Naval Base was on lockdown after people were shot near the base in Tennessee, but the shooter is in custody and the lockdown has been lifted.

Two people were shot near the base, after initial reports indicated four had been shot.

The two people were shot at the Tennessee Army National Guard building, which is across the street from the base. The location is not on Navy property.

The suspect is in custody, police said. The suspect was already down when police arrived.

Witnesses told a WREG reporter that the injured men had blood on their backs, and all had uniforms on. Also, three men were taken away on stretchers, and police apprehended a white male, also in a uniform.

Matt Gerien, a reporter with Fox, said via Twitter: “Law enforcement source says the shooter was a employee who was relieved of duty. Went to a car got the gun started shooting.”

None of the identities have been disclosed. An investigation has commenced.

“We were kinda hoping that it was going to be a drill when we got the call, but we’ve got to take it seriously,” said one police officer at a press conference about an hour after the shooting. “There could have been more injured,” she said, if Navy personnel hadn’t taken the suspect down. 

“We’re still assessing the scene” and debriefing all the fire and medical personnel, said Gary Graves, chief of the fire department.

The victims were each shot once. The condition of them is unknown.

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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.