Lockdown lifted, no one hurt after report of gunman at McGhee Tyson air base

An active shooter situation has been reported at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, according to Lt. Col. Travers Hurst. (Source: Gray News, file image)

ALCOA, Tenn. (WVLT/Gray News) — The lockdown is over at Tennessee's McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base.

Everyone was safe after a report of a suspicious person who appeared to be armed turned out to be a misunderstanding, officials told the Associated Press
The Blount County Sheriff's Office searched building to building for a suspicious person. A student reported seeing someone with a rifle, prompting the lockdown.

After law enforcement searched the base and re-interviewed the student, the spokesman says they now think the student “didn't see what they thought they saw.” No shots were fired, the AP said.

Hurst said he believes McGhee Tyson Airport was not impacted by the lockdown. The airport's website shows all flights are arriving and departing as normal.

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

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