ATLANTA — The United States Navy said Thursday that a shooting had taken place at a military facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., where the mayor said there had been a “horrific incident” in the city.
The Navy said on its official Twitter account that there had been a shooting at a building on Amnicola Highway. Military officials said they were still trying to determine what had happened, though the Chattanooga police reported that the “active shooter situation’ was over. Details, however, remained sketchy.
The Associated Press, quoting Brian Lepley, a spokesman with the Army Recruiting Command in Fort Knox, Ky., said that a second shooting had occurred at recruiting center nearby.
WRCB-TV, a Chattanooga television station, quoted Mayor Andy Berke as saying a police officer had been wounded, but it was not immediately clear whether the injury was connected to the Navy episode. A spokeswoman for Erlanger Health System, which houses the area’s trauma center, said she could not confirm that the hospital was treating any victims.
“We will release details as they are confirmed, ” the mayor said on Twitter. “Prayers to all those affected.”
The episode unnerved one of Tennessee’s largest cities. The Chattanooga State Community College posted an alert on its website that urged people on its main campus to remain inside and to close doors. Lee University, also in Chattanooga, temporarily ordered a lockdown, the university said.
Bradley Square Mall, in the nearby suburb of Cleveland, also said it had initiated a lockdown, but the mall’s management said that local media reports of gunfire there were inaccurate. “There have been no shots fired at Bradley Square Mall,” the mall’s Facebook page said. It called the lockdown “a safety precaution.”
Dalya Qualls, the deputy communications director for the Tennessee Department of Public Safety, said the Tennessee Highway Patrol was assisting with the incident but did not provide further information.