Active shooter reported at Tennessee National Guard airbase, campus placed on lockdown

McGhee Tyson Air National Guard base in Tennessee has been placed on lockdown, following reports of an active shooter in the area, according to local media.

The alarm was raised shortly after 11am on Wednesday. Law enforcement conducted a sweep of the base, spokesman Lt. Col. Travers Hurst told reporters. No shots were reported, yet personnel were told to shelter in place.

The Tennessee National Guard said that reports of “suspicious activity” triggered the alert, but added that there are “no reports of injuries.”

Despite the lockdown, commercial flights in an out of the adjoining McGhee Tyson Airport remained unaffected.

McGhee Tyson is located near Knoxville, and is home to the 134th Air Refuelling Wing. Crews there operate and maintain a fleet of KC-135 tanker aircraft.

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