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Naval base shooting

Aboard a guided-missile destroyer docked at the world's largest naval base, a sailor was fatally shot and security forces killed the lone suspect late Monday, according to the Navy.

The suspect was a civilian who had access to be at Naval Station Norfolk, spokeswoman Terri David said early Tuesday. She said she couldn't say whether he had permission to be on the USS Mahan, where the male sailor was shot about 11:20 p.m. Monday.

No other injuries were reported, and the base was briefly on lockdown, according to the Navy. David would not describe any other circumstances of the shooting but said the scene was secure.

The Navy will release both men's names once their families are notified, Davis said.

Operations had returned to normal at the base, with counsellors available, the Navy said in a news release. But most enlisted sailors on the Mahan — docked at the first of 13 main piers — were not to report to duty Tuesday. Base traffic was typical Tuesday morning.

The shooting on the Mahan comes about a month after the Navy held anti-terrorism and force protection exercises on bases around the U.S., including an active-shooter drill at the Norfolk station.

The Canadian Press


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