An active duty sailor opened fire at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on Wednesday, leaving two Department of Defense civilian workers dead, and another injured. Then he turned the gun on himself. All of the victims and the suspect were male.
The incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. local time at Drydock 2 near the Los Angeles Attack-class submarine Columbia, which was in drydock for repairs. The suspect was assigned to the Columbia.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was placed on lockdown and a shelter-in-place order issued within minutes after the sailor opened fire. The lockdown was lifted at around 4 p.m., according to Military.com.
The Pali Momi Medical Center received one victim, whom they described as being in “guarded condition” according to the Navy Times.
“The ohana that is everyone that works on Joint Base Pearl Harbor and the naval shipyard … generations of locals have worked in that shipyard … This is certainly a tragedy for everyone here, but our thoughts are certainly with the families and everyone involved.” Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, commander for Navy Region Hawaii
The Hawaiian word ‘ohana’ has a family connotation – it includes closer relatives, cousins, in-laws, friends, neighbors and important social groups as an “extended family.’
The motive for the shooting was not determined as of Wednesday night. Names were not released pending notification of next of kin.
The Navy wrote about the submarine in 2011:
“Columbia, commissioned in 1995, was the last 688-class submarine to be built at Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Conn. This submarine is one of the most versatile ships in the world, capable of numerous types of missions in a myriad of regions including long range Tomahawk strike operations, anti-submarine and surface ship tracking operations, surveillance and intelligence gathering, and even Special Forces insertions.”
Featured photo: Los Angeles Class Fast Attack Submarine USS Columbia at Pearl Harbor on December 21, 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge)