A sailor was shot and killed late Monday followed by security forces shooting and killing a civilian. The shootings took place at the Norfolk Naval bases aboard Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer that was docked there, said officials from the Navy.
Officials described the civilian as the shooting suspect in the shooting of the sailor. He had clearance for the naval station. A naval spokesperson said it was still not known if the civilian had been given permission to be aboard the destroyer where at just after 11:20 pm on Monday the sailor was shot and killed.
There were no other injuries reported by navy officials and for a brief period, the entire base was locked down. The navy spokesperson did not describe anything regarding the circumstances of the shooting. However, she did say the scene had been secured.
Once the members of the families of both men are notified, the Navy will in turn release the names of both.
Operations at the naval base were reported to have returned to normal. The base had counselors that were available for any personnel who request them. However, the majority of the enlisted sailors aboard the Mahan, which is docked on the first pier of the 13 at the bases, were not reporting to duty on Tuesday. Traffic on the base, said the spokesperson was typical for Tuesday.
The Mahan shooting comes just a month after force protection and antiterrorism exercises had been held on bases across the U.S., including a drill for an active shooter at this base.
To arrive at the base, a civilian must be given an escort or be in possession of a pass. Each entrance on the base is guarded, with all of the 13 piers having additional security. As part of the navy’s ongoing efforts for better security, ID scanners that are hand-held were put into place at the start of 2014 at the region’s naval bases, including at Norfolk.
In September of last year, at a Navy Yard in Washington, a shooting took place. The shooter was identified as a former reservist in the navy and a contractor who killed a dozen civilian employees before he was shot and killed.