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Two Civilian DoD Employees Killed by Sailor at Pearl Harbor Shipyard

Two civilian Defense Department employees were killed and another wounded when a sailor opened fire today at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The base, as well as three public schools, went into lockdown for a short time after the 2:30 p.m. incident. The shooter, said the Navy, was from the submarine USS Columbia, which is in dry dock for maintenance at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

The shooter died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. The wounded DoD employee was in stable condition. The Navy hasn’t identified the victims nor shooter, other than to say they were all male.

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Robert Chadwick told reporters that the Navy would fully investigate the incident that “is certainly a tragedy for everyone here,” and would study whether any additional security measures are needed in the future.

“I join in solidarity with the people of Hawai‘i as we express our heartbreak over this tragedy and concern for those affected by the shooting. Details are still emerging as security forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam investigate,” said Hawaii Gov. David Ige. “The White House has reached out to offer assistance from federal agencies, and the state is standing by to assist where necessary.”

Bridget Johnson
Bridget Johnson is the Managing Editor for Homeland Security Today. A veteran journalist whose news articles and analyses have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe, Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor and a foreign policy writer at The Hill. Previously she was an editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and syndicated nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. Bridget is a terrorism analyst and security consultant with a specialty in online open-source extremist propaganda, incitement, recruitment, and training. She hosts and presents in Homeland Security Today law enforcement training webinars studying a range of counterterrorism topics including conspiracy theory extremism, complex coordinated attacks, critical infrastructure attacks, arson terrorism, drone and venue threats, antisemitism and white supremacists, anti-government extremism, and WMD threats. She is a Senior Risk Analyst for Gate 15 and a private investigator. Bridget is an NPR on-air contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, National Review Online, Politico, New York Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, Washington Times, RealClearWorld and more, and has myriad television and radio credits including Al-Jazeera, BBC and SiriusXM.

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