Two people were killed onboard the USS Mahan while docked just before midnight on Monday. The shooting occurred at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Mar. 25, a civilian who was authorized to be at the base disarmed a petty officer on watch and shot a male sailor on board. Navy security forces then killed the suspect.
The male sailor was shot about 11:20 p.m. on the USS Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer, base spokeswoman Terri Davis said Tuesday.
It was unclear if the suspect was authorized to access the USS Mahan. The base, which is the largest of its kind in the world, was on lockdown for a brief time. No one else was injured in the incident.
This comes on the heels of another shooting that occurred at the Washington Naval Yard last September as reported in "Navy yard shooter: At least 10 people shot, gunman on the loose."
The USS Mahan was commissioned in 1998. Its homeport is Norfolk, Va. The USS Mahan has been deployed to the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, Horn of Africa, and North Atlantic.
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