Shootout At Norfolk Naval Station Leaves 2 Dead


USS Mahan (U.S. Navy)

USS Mahan (U.S. Navy)

A sailor and a civilian suspect are dead following a shooting at Naval Station Norfolk Monday night.

The shooting happened around 11:20pm at Pier 1 onboard the USS Mahan. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the Navy, the civilian suspect approached the quarterdeck of USS Mahan where he was confronted by ship security personnel.  A scuffle ensued after security forces wouldn’t let him get past the entrance to the ship. During the scuffle, the man grabbed a gun from the Petty Officer on watch and shot a sailor that was responding to the security breach. Naval security forces then killed the suspect. The suspect was not armed with his own gun, officials say.

No other injuries have been reported.

Naval Station Norfolk was briefly on lockdown for approximately 45 minutes as a precautionary measure.

With the exception of Pier 1, all operations have returned to normal at Naval Station Norfolk.

Counselors from Navy Fleet and Family Service Center are on hand to assist personnel who witnessed the shooting.

The Mahan has a crew of 30 officers and 250 enlisted sailors.

Mahan officers, chiefs, and duty section personnel are to report only. Non-duty section enlisted personnel should not report.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation by NCIS and Naval security forces.



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