2 injured, suspect in custody after shooting outside Tennessee naval base

A Navy recruiter who had been relieved of duty at a Tennessee naval base Thursday afternoon opened fire outside the facility, injuring two soldiers and prompting a brief lockdown, MyFoxMemphis reported.

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was relieved of duty at the Millington base, which is located in a Memphis suburb, the report said. The shooting occurred inside the National Guard Armory just outside the base after the suspect retrieved a small handgun from his car, local police told the station. He was promptly tackled by two soldiers and taken into custody by the Millington Police Department.


"I'm sure there could have been more injury if they hadn't taken him into custody," Chief Rita Stanback from the Millington Police Department said at a press conference.

The victims' injuries were not life-threatening, a law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press. One victim was shot in the foot and the other suffered a gunshot to the leg, Stanback said. Both victims were identified as National Guard employees.

Naval Support Activity Mid-South has more than 7,500 military, civilian and contract personnel working on the base, according to the facility's official website. The Millington base serves as a Navy human resources center. The shooting occurred about a month after 13 people were killed in the attack at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.