A shooting incident at approximately 4:30 a.m. today at Grand Forks Air Force Base in northeastern North Dakota has left two military members dead, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement.
The deceased were active-duty personnel assigned to the 319th Reconnaissance Wing, the host unit of the airbase.
Base emergency services responded to the scene, have it contained and believe there is currently no risk to other personnel at this time. This incident is under investigation.
“Out of respect for their families, the names and units of the victims will be withheld until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification. We ask for the time and space needed to make these proper notifications through official channels”, said the statement from the 319th Reconnaissance Wing.
Base medical teams have deployed disaster mental health to care for those impacted.
The 319 RW, assigned to the Air Combat Command (ACC), operates E/RQ-4B Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) role, delivering air, space, and cyberspace capabilities to combatant commands. The wing comprises two groups and nine squadrons operating globally. Additionally, the 319th supports the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine Operations (AMO)–North Dakota Air Branch and its National Air Security Operations Center that operate MQ-9 Reapers out of Grand Forks AFB.