The Navy base lock down was lifted on Thursday afternoon. Navy officials confirmed that a shooter is in custody and stated there is no "active shooter" situation.
The shooting occured at a National Guard building located outside the Navy base in Millington, Tennessee. A National Guard member reportedly got into a dispute with 2 other guardsmen before shooting one in the leg and the other in the foot. Both guardsmen's injuries are described as non life threatening.
On September 16, a mass shooting at a Navy yard in Washington, D.C. left twelve dead and three others injured when Aaron Alexis, a Navy IT contractor from Texas armed with an AR-15 rifle and a semi automatic glock opened fire before police fired back killing the gunman.
In May 2011, Cody N. Wilcoxson armed with an AK-47 engaged in a shootout with military police when he tried to force his way on to the Fort Leonard Wood Army base located 30 miles West of Rolla, Missouri.
During a Joint House and Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on December 7, 2011, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said members of the U.S. military are the No.1 target for terrorists within the homeland. Senator Joseph Lieberman's (I-CT) told a panel of experts:
“the only Americans who have lost their lives in terrorist attacks in our homeland since 9/11 have been killed at U.S. military facilities."
Critics warn that focusing solely on terrorist attacks, and more specifically Islamist extremists, ignores other prevalent threats U.S. military bases and military families face.
Following last month's mass shooting at Washington, D.C. Navy yard, NBC Washington News traced the history of gun attacks at military facilities in the United States and much like shooting incidents in society, military base shootings range from domestic attacks and drunken fights to politically motivated massacres, including the 2009 killing of 13 at Fort Hood, Texas. The article does point out that unlike the rest of society, the people who live and work at military bases often suffer from stress caused by the trauma of war and serving in the armed forces.
Unlike today where the suspect was apprehended alive, the majority of miltiary base shootings end in suicide.