NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Aboard a guided-missile destroyer docked at the
world's largest naval base, a sailor was fatally shot and security
forces killed the lone suspect late Monday, according to the Navy.
The suspect was a civilian who had access to be at
Naval Station Norfolk, spokeswoman Terri David said early Tuesday. She
said she couldn't say whether he had permission to be on the USS Mahan,
where the male sailor was shot about 11:20 p.m. Monday.
No other injuries were reported, and the base was
briefly on lockdown, according to the Navy. David would not describe any
other circumstances of the shooting but said the scene was secure.
The Navy will release both men's names once their families are notified, Davis said.
Operations had returned to normal at the base, with
counselors available, the Navy said in a news release. But most
enlisted sailors on the Mahan – docked at the first of 13 main piers –
were not to report to duty Tuesday. Base traffic was typical Tuesday
The shooting on the Mahan comes about a month after
the Navy held anti-terrorism and force protection exercises on bases
around the U.S., including an active-shooter drill at the Norfolk
To get on the base, civilians must be escorted or
have a pass. Each base entrance is guarded, and all 13 piers have
additional security forces. As part of ongoing security efforts,
handheld ID scanners were implemented this year at Navy bases in the
region, including the Norfolk station.
The shooting comes months after a September
incident at the Washington Navy Yard, in which a gunman – identified as a
contractor and former Navy reservist – killed 12 civilian workers
before being shot to death.
The Norfolk base covers more than 6,000 acres and
is the home port for 64 ships, according to information the Navy
provided in February. About 46,000 military members and 21,000 civilian
government employees and contractors are assigned to the base and its
ships, according to the Navy figures.
The base also is the home port for a Navy hospital ship, docked at Pier 1 with the Mahan.
In February, the Norfolk base got a new commanding
officer, Capt. Robert E. Clark Jr. He took over for Capt. David A.
Culler Jr., who was set to retire in May. Clark had served as the
installation's executive officer since 2012.
The Mahan, commissioned in 1998, has a crew of
nearly 300. In September, it returned to Norfolk after a deployment of
more than eight months that included being positioned in the eastern
Mediterranean Sea for a potential strike against Syria.
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