Navy Shooting: Sailor and Civilian Dead at Norfolk Base

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A United States sailor and one civilian are dead after a shooting at a Norfolk, Virginia Naval Station, the largest naval base in the world.

In the late hours of Monday night, a civilian gunman killed an active-duty sailor aboard the guided missile destroyer, the USS Mahan, which was docked at Pier 1, before being killed himself by Navy security forces, as Navy officials told The Associated Press. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and base security personnel are conducting an investigation, but it is still unclear how the alleged shooter was able to transport the weapon onto the base as civilians must be escorted or have a pass. Each base entrance is guarded, and all 13 piers have additional security as well as handheld ID scanners. After the shooting, the base was put on lockdown for 45 minutes as a precaution. With the exception of Pier 1, activity on the Naval Station Norfolk have returned to normal, according to The Press.

Base spokesperson Terri Davis would not describe the circumstances of the shooting in any detail to the publication; she did say both the victim and the shooter were male, but she not have any other additional information, nor did she say whether the civilian had permission to be aboard the destroyer where the sailor was shot at approximately 11:20 p.m. The names of both men will be released as soon as their families are notified, she added.

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