Civilian and sailor killed in shooting on U.S. Navy destroyer

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Civilian and sailor killed in shooting on U.S. Navy destroyer
Boston (Feb. 2, 2007) – Guided missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) prepares to dock in Boston for a port visit. Assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group One, Mahan was conducting NATO joint operational training exercises to respond to worldwide NATO missions. During the visit, the crew of the ship participated in several events including a community service project at the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans and the presentation of colors at a Boston Celtics game. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Dave Kaylor (RELEASED)

A civilian and sailor were killed in a shooting on a U.S. Navy destroyer at the Norfolk Naval Station. The civilian confronted the sailor and shot him before he was also killed. The USS Mahan was the location of the incident, and the Navy is investigating the case. At this point, it has confirmed that the civilian did not have a weapon with him originally and was able to disarm a security person to get his gun.

Two deaths have been reported at the Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia, according to the Washington Post. The incident began with a man trying to get to the deck of the destroyer and being greeted by security. During a struggle with security, the unidentified man was able to get a weapon away from one of them and used it to shoot a sailor who was trying to help.

The security members shot and killed the suspect shortly after, but they have not released a motive for his actions or any other identifying information.The sailor and civilian died at the scene and could not be saved. The Navy has confirmed that the civilian should not have been on the ship, and it is not clear why he was in the area. There was a brief lockdown on the destroyer to deal with the incident, but normal operations are back.

The identity of the suspect has not been released, but he was carrying a TWIC card. This is a type of Transportation Worker Identification Credential that is commonly found on drivers who need access to certain areas.It is issued by the TSA and must be renewed every five years. The card comes with a fee and security check into the individual before it is handed out, and you must present several different types of documents. There is a long list of felonies that would disqualify a person from getting a card and gaining access to secure areas, and disqualifications do happen frequently.

The appearance of the TWIC card may mean that the civilian had access to the base for work related needs. However, his exact job and employer have not been named at this time. The Navy wants to make sure all families have been notified before the release of any information about identities to the public. It is continuing its investigation into the shooting at the Norfolk Naval Station.

 

 

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