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.”