Oak Ridge Today: An unidentified suspect fired multiple rounds at a security officer on patrol at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant early Sunday morning, and at least one round hit the security officer’s vehicle, an official said. The Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear security officer fired back, also shooting multiple rounds. The suspect appeared to have initially been on the ground but may have fled in a boat, TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said. [...] Hopson said some information can’t be released yet, such as the identity of the security officer, or it is not available, such as the total number of rounds fired. Hopson didn’t have a description of the suspect. “Many of the details I won’t be able to share,” he said. [...]
WATE: Authorities are investigating after a security guard was fired upon at the Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant. It happened around 2 a.m. today on the TVA property near the Tennessee River- about a quarter mile from the plant’s protected area. Officials say the security officer was patrolling the area when he was shot at, he returned fire and was uninjured. The shooting lead the Watts Bar plant staff to declare an unusual event, which is the lowest of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s four emergency classifications. [...] The FBI will also be sending a team [...] A suspect has not been found.
WBIR: Officials at the plant say the shooting happened early Sunday morning just after 2 a.m. on the Tennessee River side of the plant property. The incident is being labeled as an “unusual event,” the lowest of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s four emergency classifications. [...] TVA stated the incident happened several hundred yards from the sites protected area, which houses the reactor and power production facilities. [...] Officials say the site remains under a heightened state of security [...]
Published: April 21st, 2013 at 1:29 pm ET