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2 killed in shooting at Naval Station Norfolk

Two Shot Dead at Naval Station Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Aboard a guided-missile destroyer docked at the world's largest naval base, a sailor was fatally shot and security forces killed the single civilian suspect late Monday, according to the Navy.

No other injuries were reported, and Naval Station Norfolk was briefly put on lockdown, base spokeswoman Terri Davis said early Tuesday.

Davis identified the suspect as a male civilian but said she couldn't say whether he had permission to be aboard the ship or on the base. She would not describe the circumstances of the shooting but said the scene was secure.

She said the sailor killed also was a male but did not give other details about him.

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

The shooting on the USS Mahan - about 11:20 p.m. Monday, as the destroyer was docked at Pier 1 - comes about a month after the Navy held anti-terrorism and force protection exercises around the world, including an active-shooter drill at the Norfolk base.

To get on the base, civilians must be escorted or have a pass. Each base entrance is guarded, and all 13 piers have additional security forces. As part of ongoing security efforts, handheld ID scanners were implemented this year at Navy bases in the region, including the Norfolk station.

The shooting, which was under investigation, comes months after a September incident at the Washington Navy Yard, in which a gunman - identified as a contractor and former Navy reservist - killed 12 civilian workers before being shot to death.

The Norfolk base covers more than 6,000 acres and is the home port for 64 ships, according to information the Navy provided in February. About 46,000 military members and 21,000 civilian government employees and contractors are assigned to the base and its ships, according to the Navy figures.

The base also is the home port for a Navy hospital ship, docked at Pier 1 with the Mahan.

In February, the Norfolk base got a new commanding officer, Capt. Robert E. Clark Jr. He took over for Capt. David A. Culler Jr., who was set to retire in May. Clark had served as the installation's executive officer since 2012.

The Mahan, commissioned in 1998, has a crew of about 300. In September, it returned to Norfolk after a deployment of more than eight months that included being positioned in the eastern Mediterranean Sea for a potential strike against Syria.

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cardenrobert March 25 2014 at 10:37 AM

A Navy Captain is the same as a full bird Colonel of the other branches.

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ddstan1120 March 25 2014 at 2:26 PM

Could lovers have any part of this?

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victoriacoventry March 25 2014 at 8:20 AM

Both my mother (civilian) and husband (military) retired from NAS Norfolk. Prior to relocating to where we are now, my husband and I lived just outside the gates of the base. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragedy.

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radarmannoshoes March 25 2014 at 10:10 AM

I could have wrote this story. It might have gone like this. Norfork Virginia Naval Base. Base security shot and killed a man suspected of killing a civlian worker on the base. No other facts have been released.

Are the same writers that produce the Huffington Post propaganda writing here as well?

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leonard March 25 2014 at 1:41 PM

I was on the same Destroyer for four years in Mayport Florida, And I stood alot of watches on the quarter deck, and I would like to know ,how this guy got past the "watch"?

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Paul FIQUET March 25 2014 at 6:43 AM

Strange that a civilian be on board a naval vessel unless working on a problem that could not be fixed by the crew...and that is a very few for the crew consists of many well trained personnel.

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boowah March 25 2014 at 10:29 AM

I was stationed aboard a ship home ported in Norfolk in 1963, when a NCO coming off weekend liberty and drunk as a skunk, was allowed to go on duty as Petty Officer of the Watch! He promptly pulled out his sidearm, shoved the clip in, and proceeded to shoot up the compartment. Imagine live rounds ricochetting off steel bulkheads, and sleeping crew members, rudely awakened, scrambling for shelter. After holding the division officer at gunpoint for several minutes, he finally surrendered his firearm. Although an NCO myself, I wasn't allowed to stand that watch because I wasn't 21 years old. It was ok to be drunk but not younger than 21! "No sea story"

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BigPugMama boowah March 25 2014 at 10:48 AM

HOLY COW !! Glad You made it through !!

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laclone boowah March 25 2014 at 11:02 AM

I believe it, Shipmate!

Been through some of that kind of stuff myself.

Not the same Navy, now. Best we can do now is sit back, hoist one, and toast to the days gone by, and hope for the best.

(Secure in the knowledge that our Navy would kick the crap out of today's Navy!)

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Ricardo March 25 2014 at 6:28 AM

Russian-American war will soon start in the US if the US gets involved in Ukraine.

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langleycdlkhrst March 25 2014 at 7:35 AM

Some bodywasn't doing their job, (SECURITY).

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richatodd March 25 2014 at 9:14 AM

When the results of the investigation are made public you may find this was a lover's quarrel. No doubt they knew each other.

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Mitch Welch richatodd March 25 2014 at 10:12 AM

Yep, the sailor was probably doing the shooters wife.

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