2 shot at armory; guardsman in custody

Friday, October 25, 2013

Associated Press

MILLINGTON, Tenn.

A member of the National Guard opened fire at an armory outside a U.S. Navy base in Tennessee, wounding two soldiers before being subdued and disarmed by others soldiers, officials said Thursday.

Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback said the shooter was apprehended Thursday by other National Guard members and that he did not have the small handgun used in the shooting in his possession by the time officers arrived. Stanback said two National Guard members were shot, one in the foot and one in the leg.

“I’m sure there could have been more injury if they hadn’t taken him into custody,” Stanback said.

Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s adjutant general, said at a news conference that the victims were being treated at a local hospital and he expected them to be released.

Authorities haven’t released the name of the shooter or the victims. But Haston said all three of the men were recruiters and that the shooter was a sergeant first class who had been in the Guard about six or seven years and that the victims — one a major and the other a sergeant major — were his superiors.

Haston characterized Thursday’s activity as disheartening.

“You never think something like this is going to happen on your watch or in good old Tennessee here,” he said.

Stanback said at an earlier news conference that the soldiers’ conditions were not immediately known, though the Navy said on its official Twitter account that neither had life-threatening injuries.