A civilian boarded a U.S. Navy destroyer at the world’s largest naval base, took a gun from a Navy guard and used it to fatally shoot a sailor before security personnel shot and killed him Monday night, Naval Station Norfolk’s commanding officer told reporters Tuesday.
The shooting happened at about 11:20 p.m. aboard the USS Mahan, which was docked at the Virginia base’s Pier 1, Capt. Robert Clark said.
The civilian — a man — had credentials to be at the base and the pier, having “worked at the installation at a previous time,” Clark said. He added he believed the credentials did “not necessarily” allow him to be on the ship, and that investigators were trying to determine whether he had a current assignment at the base.
The names of the people involved in the shooting were not immediately released. The Navy was trying to inform the sailor’s family about his death, Clark said.
The man was approaching the quarterdeck when sailors working security confronted him, Clark said. During a struggle, the man disarmed the petty officer of the watch, he said.