Sadly, two National Guardsmen have been shot outside a Millington, Tenn. naval base on Oct. 24. The U.S. Navy has confirmed the tragic incident.
A National Guardsman is now in custody after shooting two other National Guardsmen outside the Naval Support Activity Midsouth naval base, near Millington, Tenn.
Two National Guardsmen Shot At Millington, Tenn. Naval Base
The two injured National Guardsmen were taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. Fortunately, their injuries are not life-threatening, according to the U.S. Navy.
The shooting happened at 12:47 p.m. EST when three National Guardsmen got into a fight, and the suspect pulled out a “small handgun,” NBC reported.
One guardsman was reportedly shot once in the foot, and the other was shot once in the leg. The shooting occurred at the National Guard Armory, which is on U.S. Navy property that’s leased to the Guard, CNN reported. No other fatalities were reported.
“This is not Navy related,” a military official told NBC News.
The National Guardsmens’ full medical conditions are still unknown, but the two victims were alert and talkative when they arrived at the hospital, Millington Fire Chief Gary Graves said.
National Guardsman In Custody After Shooting At Millington, Tenn. Naval Base
The U.S. Navy has confirmed that the suspect is a National Guardsman. The suspect is in custody at the Millington jail.
Rita Stanback, the Millington police chief, said the suspect had already been “taken down” by National Guard employees before Millington police officers arrived at the office.
The Navy compound was on lockdown after the shooting, but the U.S. Navy confirmed that the lockdown has since been lifted. The U.S. Navy and U.S. Army are working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident.
Millington, Tenn., is about nine miles north of Memphis.
This is a breaking news situation, and this post will continue to be updated.
— Ivy Jacobson