US Navy sailor in Hawaii opened fire on civilians and then shot himself
An active-duty sailor assigned to USS Columbia SSN 771, yesterday opened desultory fire on people in military base. According to official information, two died from injuries, another was seriously wounded, but it is expected that he will survive. It also became known that the shooter died after he shot himself in the head.
The name of the shooter is not disclosed, it is known that the shooting began at 2:30 p.m. in the vicinity of the shipyard’s Dry Docks 2 and 3. After the incident, the base was closed for several hours.
“We are saddened by this incident, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” said Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick.
“We are saddened by this incident, & our thoughts & prayers are with the victims & their families,” said Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, Commander, @NavRegHawaii. “The @PHNSYIMF is a vital part of our Navy ohana, & we have generations of people, families, who work there. 2/5— Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (@JointBasePHH) December 5, 2019
The names of the dead are not currently disclosed. According to the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, an Emergency Family Assistance Center was opened for family members and personnel in need of immediate support services.
Emergency Family Assistance Center is now open and will remain open until further notice.— Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (@JointBasePHH) December 5, 2019
LOCATION: 4827 Bougainville Drive (Same Bldg as PSD).
CRISIS CALL CENTER: 866-525-6676
At this stage of the investigation, forensic scientists and investigators work at the scene of the incident. Actively conducted interviews with witnesses. More than 90 people were interviewed after the incident. Investigators are trying to find out the motive of the shooter. It is also unknown which weapon the sailor used.
“I join all of Hawaii in expressing our gratitude to the first responders who rush toward danger every day to keep us safe,” tweeted U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono.
While the investigation into this incident continues, my thoughts and aloha are with the victims of the terrible tragedy at #JBPHH and with their families. I join all of Hawaii in expressing our gratitude to the first responders who rush toward danger every day to keep us safe— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) December 5, 2019
A press conference was later held in connection with the incident.
"We have confirmed that two (victims) are deceased. One is in stable condition in a local hospital. I can also report that the shooter, who has tentatively been identified as an active-duty sailor assigned to USS Columbia SSN 771, is also deceased by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," Rear Admiral Robert Chadwick said.
Image: U.S. Navy Combat Camera photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Ace Rheaume