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.
I’m standing outside McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Alcoa, TN, which was locked down after someone reported seeing a suspicious person with a rifle. NO confirmed reports of shots fired. There’s a large police presence, with multiple armored vehicles going in the gates. pic.twitter.com/BPTRJL2MJl
— Travis Dorman (@travdorman) January 15, 2020
BREAKING: Public Information Officer Travers Hurst with McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base says there is an active shooter. The base is on active lockdown and local law enforcement is sweeping the area. https://t.co/BSApD2XUtp
— Laura Halm (@WATELauraHalm) January 15, 2020
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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