Two soldiers shot near Millington Naval Base
The US Navy confirms that two people, both soldiers, were injured when a shooter opened fire near the base Thursday afternoon.
The suspect is in custody, and the lockdown in Millington has been lifted, said the US Navy in a statement.
Preliminary reports indicated that the event took place within the facility, but the Navy has now acknowledged that the shooting occurred offsite on naval property. Jason Miles, a reporter for WMC-TV, says the incident occurred in a “non-secured” area near the Naval Support Activity Mid-South base, close to Tennessee’s border with Arkansas and Mississippi.
Both victims are in non-critical condition, the Navy reports.
The identity of the shooter has not yet been identified, but the Associated Press reports a Navy recruiter relieved of duty earlier that day had been taken into custody, according to a law enforcement official who was briefed of the incident and spoke to the AP anonymously. West Memphis’ WREG-TV reported earlier that unnamed sources told them the shooter had just been fired, left and returned with a gun.