Sailor kills 2, himself in attack at Pearl Harbor shipyard


HONOLULU (WSPA/KHON/AP) – A United States Sailor shot and killed two Department of Defense civilian workers and injured another before killing himself at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Wednesday.

The shooting happened around 2:30pm near the shipyard’s Dry Dock 2.

Officials said that the base security and the Navy investigative services are investigating the scene.

The names of the victims will not be released until the next of kin has been notified, according to officials.

Base officials said the shooter was assigned to the USS Columbia.

There’s no word yet on a motive for the shooting.

Due to the security incident, access and gates to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam were closed.

The lockdown was later lifted and all gates were reopened around 4 p.m.

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.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said the White House has offered assistance from federal agencies and that the state is also ready to help if needed.

β€œI join in solidarity with the people of Hawaii as we express our heartbreak over this tragedy and concern for those affected by the shooting,” Ige said in a statement.

The shipyard is across the harbor from the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, which on Saturday will mark the 78th anniversary of the Japanese attack that propelled the U.S. into World War II. More than 2,300 Americans died in the attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

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