Navy sailor shoots dead two, then himself at Pearl Harbor

Gunman commits suicide

Reuters . Los Angeles | Published: 12:53, Dec 05,2019 | Updated: 00:40, Dec 06,2019


A guard stands by at the Nimitz Gate of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii shortly after a sailor fatally shot two civilians at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 4, 2019. — AFP photo

A US Navy sailor shot dead two civilians working at Hawaii’s historic military base of Pearl Harbor on Wednesday and wounded a third before turning his gun on himself, military officials said.

Authorities did not identify the victims or the gunman, described by a witness as wearing a US Navy uniform, but local media reported they were all men. Base officials said the victims were civilians working for the Department of Defence. It was not immediately clear what the gunman’s motive was for the shooting, three days before the 78th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on the naval base that led the United States to declare war on Japan and enter World War Two.

The gunman died of ‘an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound’, and the third victim was in stable condition in hospital, military officials told a news briefing.

‘We have confirmed that two (victims) are deceased,’ said the regional commander, Rear Admiral Robert Chadwick.

The gunman ‘has tentatively been identified as an active-duty sailor assigned to USS Columbia SSN 771,’ he said.

The base, a combined US Air Force and Navy installation located eight miles from the state capital of Honolulu, was placed on lockdown for about two hours after the incident at about 2:30pm Hawaii Standard Time.

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