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Official: 1 hurt in stabbing at Virginia Navy site

Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth Virginia


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The Navy conducted a massive manhunt Friday for a sailor that officials said stabbed another service member near one of its naval hospitals.

The Navy said the stabbing occurred in the morning outside the Navy Exchange at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Portsmouth Annex, during an argument between two sailors. The installation is home to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and sits near a residential area on the Elizabeth River, where thousands of people had gathered across the river in downtown Norfolk to watch a parade of ships as part of the annual Harborfest festival.

The Navy identified the suspect as Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Harwell. Security forces were going door to door at the locked-down facility in search of the man, who was wearing civilian clothes. The Navy said the person who was stabbed was also a sailor and was taken to the naval hospital with critical injuries.

Capt. Michael "Jake" Johansson, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, said the two men knew each other, although he wasn't sure exactly what their relationship was before the altercation.

The victim hasn't been identified.

Traffic onto the base was still not permitted early Friday afternoon, although the Navy is letting those who were in the vehicles at the time the installation went on lockdown to exit after being searched. The Navy says it's turning away people with routine medical visits or other business.

The manhunt comes a day after Naval Medical Center Portsmouth practiced an active shooter drill as part of routine training.


Associated Press writer Steve Sszkotak contributed to this report from Richmond.

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Ron June 06 2014 at 12:33 PM

Once again the Cutlery manufacturers must take responsibility for the crime. Only chefs and sous chefs should be allowed to own knives !!!!

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cowboy Ron June 06 2014 at 1:38 PM

LMAO, That's awesome. Chef license's for sale in Mexico. Three bucks and comes with a free gun from Ronco.....LMAO at liberal B.S.

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franklinjefferson Ron June 06 2014 at 1:39 PM

And who the hell is the gubment to tell me I can't own a tank? Dang librals!

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mennis0852 franklinjefferson June 06 2014 at 11:25 PM

Actually in most states you can own a tank, and even drive it on the roads. Of course you have to have a driver’s license and a background check. Being able to purchase the shells for one might be a little difficult.

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telvis franklinjefferson June 07 2014 at 5:22 AM

But you can own a tank,anybody can. But try buying the ammo.

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Your Excellency June 06 2014 at 12:03 PM

It is crazy that our men and women in the armed forces cannot carry a weapon on base. Before the Clinton Administration, they could, but not now. These are people trained in the safe use of weapons, yet they remain victims of those who exploit their inability to properly protect themselves.

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shnboi June 06 2014 at 11:08 AM

Shooting before I went to bed and then wake up to a stabbing. I really need to take a break from the news. Heaven help us all.

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docush9 shnboi June 06 2014 at 11:12 AM

would be nice if media would report the good that goes on for once in stead of all the crimes

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cowboy shnboi June 06 2014 at 1:43 PM

SHNBOI, Welcome to the human condition. People kill. Objects do not.. Have an awesome day as this has been going on since the beginning of mankind. It has been going on before guns and will go on after them. Defective people are the problem.

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d1anaw June 06 2014 at 1:37 PM

There was a time when being on base was the safest place to be. But then that was before the entitlement generation grew up and became adults.

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Deb d1anaw June 06 2014 at 4:04 PM

No doubt. You hit the nail smack dab on the head d1anaw. They stopped corporal punishment in the schools, then at home during the last generation. So now we have a bunch of free roaming egos without consciences, who have opposable thumbs, and who don't understand what it takes to earn they want, and won't invest the time to do so. Their living in the moment, I'm entitled, me generation selves are just going to take what they want...and if they don't get it, or someone stands in their way...well they just gonna beat, stab or shoot them. Too sad really. I hope they see this about themselves, and try to raise their children better, or the Mad Maxx generation will be next.
Deb Weaver
former CTO4, USN

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cqdeed Deb June 06 2014 at 7:43 PM

Deb - I agree with you 100%. However, off subject, I have a question for you. Being a former CTT2, I know what a CTO is and I know what a CWO4 is, but I do not recognize CTO4. Could it be a typo or could I be learning something new?

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JACK Deb June 07 2014 at 9:09 AM

being a former RMCM i dont remember CTO4 rate?? JACK

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weisspatriot June 06 2014 at 1:01 PM

"The great goal is that everyman be armed, everyone who is able to have a gun." "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." Thomas Jefferson I believe Thomas Jefferson would have the same statement about knives.

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B J Wendrich June 06 2014 at 11:52 AM

Now we will have to ban all those evil military style assault knives

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cowboy B J Wendrich June 06 2014 at 1:40 PM

B.J. , Especially the sharp ones. LOL

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prnyl June 06 2014 at 2:26 PM

More crime and violence at governent facilities which are supposed to be safe- Guess it is similar to the Polish leaked photos of King Obumma pumping iron taken without secret service awareness. Any governement bureaucracy is screwed up because they do not have real world leadership- just a bunch of idealogues.They will all just ask for more taxpayer dollars to add more people to shore up their deficiencies and go on getting promoted and vested pensions courtesy of us working few who pay taxes!!!!

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Welcome Justin June 06 2014 at 11:40 AM

So if we go by the logic of the dems, should I need to pass a background check to get a knife at a steakhouse now that knives have been proven to be lethal as well ? I sure hope there isn't going to be a 3 day waiting period on that !

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pmoore40 June 06 2014 at 11:30 AM

Uh oh...3...2...1...BAN KNIVES! Ok, now I sounded like a dem. But I wanted to say it before they did.

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katydid579 pmoore40 June 06 2014 at 1:45 PM

Don't flatter yourself. To sound like a Democrat you would have to sound intelligent and you certainly don't! LOL

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fr5dnn June 06 2014 at 11:30 AM

These bases have metal detectors to stop guns and let people on with a knife. Call your Congressman today and demand Background Checks on any one buying a knife. For all those that have them now, give 6 months to register the knives or put them in prison. Knives kill! That crazy kid last week killed 3 of his room mates with a knive! Knives are like guns with silencers on them and those are illegal.

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