Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, speaks with news media outside Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on Dec. 4, 2019. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charles Oki)

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.”

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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 senior fellow specializing in terrorism analysis at the Haym Salomon Center. She is a Senior Risk Analyst for Gate 15, a private investigator and a security consultant. She 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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