Shooting on Navy destroyer leaves two dead

By WTAJ News

Published 03/25 2014 12:11PM

Updated 03/25 2014 12:16PM

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA – A sailor was shot and killed aboard a Navy destroyer late Monday night, and the suspect was killed by responding security forces.

A spokeswoman at Naval Station Norfolk confirmed the male suspect had identification to get on the base but breached security to reach the USS Mahan around 11:20 p.m. Monday at Pier 1 on the base.

According to CBS affiliate WTKR, a scuffle occurred when security forces would not let the suspect past the entrance to the Mahan. During the scuffle, the suspect grabbed a gun from the Petty Officer on watch and shot a male sailor who was responding to the breach.

Operations returned to normal Tuesday, but Pier 1 was being treated as an active crime scene as of Tuesday morning.

USS Mahan is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, and the fourth such vessel named after Alfred Thayer Mahan, a naval theorist in the 19th Century.

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