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US Naval Base Shut Down As Recruiter Opens Fire
A member of the National Guard opened fire at an armoury outside a US Navy base in Tennessee, wounding two soldiers before being taken into custody.
One of the National Guardsmen was wounded in the leg and the other in the foot outside the armoury across the road from Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, near Memphis.
Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback said the shooter was apprehended by other National Guard members.
Both were taken to hospital but their injuries were described as non-threatening.
"I'm sure there could have been more injury if they hadn't taken him into custody," she said.
A precautionary lockdown of the base, which manages personnel records, was lifted after the shooter was taken into custody, the Navy said.
A law enforcement official briefed on the developments said the gunman was a military recruiter who had been relieved of duty.
Local media suggested that the shooter went to his car after being fired and returned with a handgun, there were also reports of an argument with other National Guardsmen.
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 shooting comes little more than a month after a gunman opened fire at the Navy Yard in Washington, killing 12 people before being killed in a shootout with police.