Suspect in custody after 2 National Guardsmen shot near Naval Support Activity Mid-South
2:34 PM, Oct 24, 2013
4:38 PM, Oct 24, 2013
Two people were wounded and a suspect was in custody Thursday afternoon after a shooting just north of the Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington.
The two victims, one shot in the leg, the other shot in the foot, were taken to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. At 2:30 a spokesman at The Med said both were in non-critical condition.
The suspect, who was apprehended at the shooting scene by other people in the building, was taken into custody by Millington police and is in the city jail a short distance northeast of the shooting scene.
Shortly after 2 p.m. an ambulance was dispatched to the Millington jail to check on the suspect. Millington Fire Chief Gary Graves said the suspect was checked out at the jail and refused transportation to the hospital.
A 911 call came in about 12:33 p.m. in regards to "shots fired." When officers arrived at the National Guard Amory -- in a non-secure area of the base -- on the north side of Millington, they found the two wounded victims and the suspect, who had been "apprehended by employees," Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback said.
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When the suspect was apprehended, he was not holding a weapon. "I am not sure if he had put it down or if it was taken from him," Stanback said.
In regards to answering the call, the police chief said, "We were kind of hoping it was going to be a drill when we first got the call, but you always have to treat it serious."
It is not known which agency will handle the charging of the suspect. The land was donated years ago to the city of Millington; the Armory is a state building.
Stanback could not confirm reports of whether the suspect was a disgruntled employee who had gone to the car to get his gun. Early reports that four had been shot were incorrect.
A Navy public affairs officer said the two victims were National Guardsmen and the official Navy Twitter account confirmed that the suspect is also a National Guardsman. The Associated Press quoted a law enforcement official as saying the gunman was a recruiter who had been relieved of duty.
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 then conducted 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.