MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)-- Neighbors in Amos Patton's neighborhood say they always wondered what was inside the fanny pack he carried every morning as he walked his dog.
On Friday, a day after prosecutors say Patton pulled a gun out of that fanny pack and shot three fellow National Guard members at the Armory in Millington, those neighbors say they're questioning the neighbor they thought they knew.
"It really struck a cord to think he is probably always carrying that gun in that fanny pack," said Kareem Ghosheh. "That is something we see him wear, all the time."
Ghosheh said by all appearances, Patton was a family man, who often played out in the front yard with his two kids, and frequently walked his dog in the neighborhood.
"Every morning he has a little Maltese that he walks right in front of the house he's always wearing that fanny pack," Ghosheh said. "He always has it on."
According to prosecutors, on Thursday Patton was told to come to the Armory to meet with his superiors.
"Patton was notified that he was being relieved of duty, recommended for reduction in rank, and recommended for separation from the active guard reserve because of misconduct," U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton said in a statement.
Prosecutors allege that after the meeting, Patton went to his government vehicle to gather his work belongings to turn in. Investigators say Patton grabbed his fanny pack, walked back into the Armory and pulled out a handgun.
A fellow guardsmen saw the gun, and yelled, as another member tried to tackle Patton. Patton was able to fire his gun, hitting three guardsmen. He then ran from the building where he was tackled and pinned by a senior member of the Guard.
"Last night when I first heard that, I had trouble sleeping a little bit, ya know, it's like wow, said Paul Spring, who lived across from Patton. "I always thought he was a pretty good guy."
"He was a great dad I thought, he was always with his kids, he was hanging out in the yard, always at home," he added.
Patton made his initial court appearance Friday afternoon. He was ordered to be held in federal custody until a detention hearing next week.
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