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US Naval Base Shut Down As Recruiter Opens Fire

A member of the National Guard has opened fire at an armoury outside a US Navy base in Tennessee, wounding two soldiers before being taken into custody.


The Navy confirmed that the shooting took place at Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, near Memphis, at about 12.45pm local time.

Millington Police Chief Rita Stanback says the shooter was apprehended by other National Guard members.

Millington naval baseMillington, Tennessee is 20 miles north of Memphis

She said the two people shot were also National Guardsmen.

Both were taken to hospital, Cheif Stanback said at a news conference, adding their conditions were not immediately known.

The Navy said the injuries were not life-threatening.

A precautionary lockdown of the base was later 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.

The official was not authorised to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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 shoot-out with police.