Two wounded in Tennessee National Guard armoury shooting
United States National Guard member shoots colleagues as they carried out their duties
Reuters in Nashville
A member of the US National Guard shot and wounded two of his superiors on Thursday at an armoury outside a Navy facility in Millington, Tennessee, authorities said.
The gunman shot a sergeant major and a major, both recruiters, as they were going through administrative policies and procedures with him, Tennessee Adjutant General Terry Haston told reporters at a press conference.
The local television station reported in a story on its website that the guardsman, who is also a recruiter, was being relieved of his duties when he went out to his car and retrieved a handgun shortly after noon.
“You never think something like this is going to happen on your watch or in good old Tennessee,” Haston said.
A bullet struck one soldier in the leg and the other in the foot, Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback told a news conference. The Navy described their wounds as non life-threatening.
Both victims were taken to area hospitals, according to Millington Fire Chief Gary Graves.
The unidentified suspect was apprehended by other National Guard employees before police arrived, Haston said.
The shooting occurred inside a National Guard armoury near the Naval Support Activity Mid-South facility, said Graves.
The armoury is located across the street from the base, outside the secured area, and within the city limits of Millington, about 27km north of Memphis.
The Navy facility, which manages personnel records, was locked down as a precaution temporarily, but that was later lifted, the Navy said.
The incident took place just over a month after a contract worker opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16, killing 12 people before being shot dead by police.