On Thursday, Tennessee National Guard Sgt. First Class Amos Patton, 42, was taken into custody after he reportedly shot his two commanding officers as well as another Sergeant at the National Guard Armory in Millington, TN.
Maj. Jeff Crawford was struck in the thigh, Lt. Col Hunter was grazed by a bullet in the knee, and Sgt. Maj. Ricky R. McKenzie was shot in the foot. All three were transported to Regional Medical Center at Memphis for treatment, and have since been released.
Before the shooting, Patton's bosses had called him into the armory. They notified him that he was being relieved of duty, recommended for a reduction in rank, and recommended for separation from the active guard reserve because of "misconduct."
According to the FBI, Patton went to his car in the midst of his meeting and retrieved government-issued gear to return it. When he came back to the meeting he had a fanny pack, which he previously did not have.
Inside that fanny pack was a semi-automatic 380 pistol, which he reportedly fired at the officers.
Between seven and ten shots were fired.
Despite being fired upon, the men were able to wrestle Patton to the ground and wrestled him while managing to keep the gun down.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Todd McCall told reporters: "It could've been far worse than it was, but we had some very attentive National Guard personnel that were able to take control of this situation and prevent a huge tragedy."
Patton was silent and seemed to be in a daze when he was taken into custody, according to Millington police.
Patton has been charged with assault of federal property and carrying and using a firearm during a federal crime of violence. He is currently being held without bond.
A detention hearing is scheduled for Oct 30.
Patton has served as an Army National Guard recruiter for the last 14 years.
While this shooting was covered locally, the case has received no attention from the national press, unlike the Washington Navy Yard shooting.