[QODLink]
Americas

Two killed in US naval base shooting

Civilian suspect killed after shooting at Virginia naval base leaves one sailor dead.

Last updated: 25 Mar 2014 12:04
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

A sailor was fatally shot and killed at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia and security forces have killed the male civilian suspect, a base spokeswoman said.

The shooting happened around 11:20pm on Monday aboard the USS Mahan, a Navy destroyer, spokeswoman Terri Davis said.

Davis would not describe the circumstances of the shooting but said the scene was secure.

Davis said the two killed were both males but she did not have any other information on them. She could not say if the civilian had permission to be aboard the ship.

No other injuries were reported, according to the Associated Press.

The base, the largest naval installation in the world, was briefly put on lockdown after the shooting as a precaution, but the lockdown was later lifted.

Operations have returned to normal at the base, with counsellors available, the Navy said in a news release, but enlisted sailors on the Mahan were not to report to duty Tuesday.

"We were able to secure the installation for that brief period till we determined that the suspect was taken care of and then therefore we were able to open up the installation because we didn't have any other threats so we're back at normal operations at Naval Station," said Naval Station Norfolk Commander Captain Robert Clark Jr.

To get on the base, civilians must be escorted or have a pass. The shooting was under investigation.

In September, a gunman killed 12 civilian workers before being shot to death at the Washington Navy Yard.

250

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
Featured
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.
Public stripping and assault of woman and rival protests thereafter highlight Kenya's gender-relations divide.