Three persons, including the shooter, were killed in a shooting incident at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) near Honolulu, Hawaii on Dec. 4.
The incident took place at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the vicinity of the shipyard’s Dry Docks 2 and 3. The shooter has been identified as a male U.S. Navy Sailor assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771).
The initial reports indicated that the shooter and two shipyard civilian employees were deceased with one shipyard civilian is in stable condition at a local hospital. According to a statement from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), the base is no longer in lockdown.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam security forces responded to a reported shooting at a dry dock at @PHNSYIMF. Initial reports indicate the shooter & two shipyard civilian employees are deceased, & one shipyard civilian is in stable condition at a local hospital. 1/5 #PearlHarbor
— Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (@JointBasePHH) December 5, 2019
The Base Security, Navy investigative services, and other agencies are investigating the incident, the statement said adding that the names of the victims will not be released until the next of kin have been notified.
“We are saddened by this incident, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” said Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, commander, Navy Region Hawaii. “The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard is a vital part of our Navy ohana, and we have generations of people, families, who work there. Our security forces are working closely with agencies investigating this incident, and we are making available counseling and other support to those who need it after this tragedy.”
The incident came just three days before the 78th anniversary of the Japanese air attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base. The Dec. 7, 1941, attack left 2,403 U.S. service personnel dead and prompted the United States to enter World War II by declaring war on Japan.
The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PNSY) is a U.S. Navy shipyard located in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and is one of just four shipyards operated by the Navy. The shipyard is physically a part of Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam, a combined U.S. military base adjacent to Honolulu, Hawaii.
JBPHH is an amalgamation of the U.S. Air Force Hickam Air Force Base and the U.S. Navy Naval Station Pearl Harbor, which were merged in 2010.