Pearl Harbor gunman kills 2 civilians, self on base

A gunman believed to be a U.S. sailor fatally shot two civilian Defense Department employees and wounded a third at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii before killing himself, military officials said.

Rear Admiral Robert Chadwick said the civilian shipyard worker who was wounded was stable. The identity of the gunman, who has been tentatively identified as an active duty sailor, was not released.

“We have no indication yet whether they were targeted or if it was a random shooting,” Chadwick said.

A U.S. naval ship can been seen from Pearl Harbor National Memorial Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Honolulu. A U.S. sailor shot and wounded several civilian Department of Defense employees at the Pearl Harbor shipyard Wednesday before taking their own life, the military said. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, one of the Navy's major installations, said the shooting began around 2:30 p.m. at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.© ASSOCIATED PRESS A U.S. naval ship can been seen from Pearl Harbor National Memorial Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Honolulu. A U.S. sailor shot and wounded several civilian Department of Defense employees at the Pearl Harbor shipyard Wednesday before taking their own life, the military said. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, one of the Navy’s major installations, said the shooting began around 2:30 p.m. at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. at Dry Dock 2 in the shipyard at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Navy Region Hawaii spokeswoman Lydia Robertson said. The shooting forced the base into lockdown, but the scene has been secured.

One witness who did not give his name told NBC affiliate KHNL of Honolulu in a phone interview that he was at his desk and heard loud pops that he thought to be gunshots and looked out the window to see a person he thought was a shooter point a gun at his head and fire.

© ASSOCIATED PRESS A security guard stands outside the main gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.Because of the “ongoing security incident” access and gates to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam were closed. The base announced around 4 p.m. that all gates and base access had been reopened.

Security forces attend to an unidentified male outside the the main gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Hawaii, following a shooting. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)© ASSOCIATED PRESS Security forces attend to an unidentified male outside the the main gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Hawaii, following a shooting. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Hannah Milne said over text messages that she had been inside a vehicle when the base was locked down. “There are still numerous emergency vehicles coming every 5-10 minutes,” she said at the time.

 A security guard walks past a naval emergency ambulance responding to a fatal shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, on Oahu, Hawaii on December 4, 2019. A security guard walks past a naval emergency ambulance responding to a fatal shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, on Oahu, Hawaii on December 4, 2019.White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said that President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting and continues to monitor the situation.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige tweeted that the White House had reached out to offer assistance.

“I join in solidarity with the people of Hawai’i as we express our heartbreak over this tragedy and concern for those affected by the shooting,” Ige said.

a large ship in the water: Image: Joint Base Pearl Harbor© Kent Nishimura Image: Joint Base Pearl HarborBase security and Navy investigative services investigating the incident.

The shipyard repairs, maintains and modernizes the ships and submarines of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which is headquartered at Pearl Harbor. The base is the home port for 10 destroyers and 15 submarines.

The naval shipyard is on base, and the Pearl Harbor National Memorial is off base about 1 1/2 miles away.

The anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is Saturday. More than 2,400 members of the military and civilians died in that attack, which propelled the U.S. into World War II.

Source: Nbcnews.com

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