Police search for man with rifle at McGhee Tyson airbase in Tenn.; no reports of injuries

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Published: Jan. 15, 2020 at 12:31 PM CST
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Tennessee’s McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base remains on lockdown after receiving reports of someone with a gun.

WVLT reported the Blount County Sheriff’s Office is searching building to building, according to officials.

There have been no reports of injuries.

Lt. Col. Travers Hurst said an active shooter situation was reported at the base just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, which prompted a lockdown. Hurst said he could not say whether any shots were fired.

A student on the base saw someone with a gun and reported it, Hurst said.

Hurst said he believes McGhee Tyson Airport will not be impacted by the lockdown. The airport’s website showed all flights arriving and departing as normal.

The airbase is home to the 134th Air Refueling Wing.

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