Family identifies man shot and killed on Millington Navy base

MILLINGTON, Tenn. — Family has identified the man shot to death overnight at the Naval Support Activity base in Millington.

Miranda Hogan said her son Lawrence James, 24, was killed.

Another man was also shot, but survived after running to a nearby gas station for help.

Millington Police said a man was arrested on the scene, and charges are expected to be filed in the next couple of days.

Amanda Moreno, public affairs officer for Naval Support Activity Mid-South, said the shooting was reported just before 3 a.m. Sunday at the Fairway Cottages on Attu Street north of Navy Road, near the base's golf course.

Millington Police Chief Mark Dunbar said the suspect opened fired when an argument broke out during a party at the rental cabin, which is owned by the Navy, but open to the public.

"It was just some type of party going on," he said. "There was an altercation, someone pulled a gun and started firing."

Initially, officers thought they were responding to an “active shooter," he said.

Dunbar said officers arrived in minutes and took the suspect into custody.

"You have to respond and do exactly what you were trained to do, and that’s to go take the threat out if they are still actively shooting at someone," he said. "My officers did a good job catching him because they made the scene in about four minutes and they actually caught the shooter before he got off the property."

Police said none of the people involved in the shooting were active-duty sailors, but the person who rented the cabin was a military dependent, Moreno said, which the Navy defines as either a spouse or child.

Moreno said the cottage had been rented out to a family member of an active-duty sailor on base, and neither those renters nor anyone else who comes and goes are vetted or checked for weapons.

"Since this facility is outside of our fence line, no. It is open to the public just like our golf course is, so we share jurisdiction with the Millington Police department," she said.

Moreno initially said three people were in custody, but Millington Police later said three people were being questioned immediately after the shooting, however only one was named a suspect.

Hogan said she was in town visiting her son from Colorado. She had been staying at his house for the past two weeks.

She said he would have turned 25 next month, and was planning to propose soon to his girlfriend.

The man who survived the shooting was taken to a hospital for treatment and is stable, Dunbar said, but it's unclear where or how many times he was shot, or how serious his injuries are. His name hasn't been released.

The Millington Police Department is leading the investigation with assistance from the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Naval Criminal Investigative Service.