A Norfolk shooting at the naval base in Virginia has left a sailor and the civilian suspect dead. The shooting occurred Monday night at Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval base, and forced the base into a lockdown.
According to a report from NBC News today, “the suspect had authorized access” to the base, “where he was able to wrestle a handgun from a security guard,” U.S. Navy officials told NBC News. The suspect “shot dead a sailor aboard USS Mahan, which was docked at Pier 1, before being fatally gunned down by security forces.”
Names of those killed, both males, have not yet been released; identities will be released pending notification of the serviceman's and civilian’s family.
The cause of the shooting is under investigation. Officials said the civilian had access to the base, but it was unclear if he had permission to be on the USS Mahan.
In order to gain entry to the Naval Station, Fox News explains:
To get on the base, civilians must be escorted or have a pass. Authorized civilians can include Department of Defense employees, contractors and military family members. (Base spokeswoman Terri) Davis would not elaborate on how the suspect was authorized to get on base.
Capt. Robert Clark, commanding officer of the base, said: “We are investigating it; it's a crime scene as we speak. We will preserve the scene until investigation is complete,” adding that he will ensure “sailors aboard ship have the counselors they need and the people they can talk to.”