One Sailor and One Civilian Dead in Shooting On Norfolk Destroyer

March 25, 2014 10:43 AM
USS Mahan (DDG-72) conducts a replenishment-at-sea in April 2013.
USS Mahan (DDG-72) conducts a replenishment-at-sea in April 2013.

Two are dead — one sailor and one civilian — following a Monday night shooting on the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG-72), Naval Station Norfolk officials told USNI News Tuesday morning.

The shooting occurred at 11:20 p.m. EST on the 9,500 ton ship, which was moored at Pier 1 at the Virginia naval base, the service said.

The incident occurred on the quarterdeck of Mahan, where visitors of most Navy ships are brought on board and greeted, Terri Davis, a spokeswoman for the Naval Station told USNI News.

The base underwent a brief lockdown following the shooting.

The Navy initially said the civilian had access to the base but are now backing off of earlier reports.

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Typically every navy ship in port employs force protection measures to maintain security onboard. Those measures include armed sailors from the ship’s company on patrol at all times.

The service has not released the names of the dead sailor pending family notification of the sailor, Davis said.

Mahan was briefly a crime scene earlier this morning while NCIS investigated the incident.

Mahan — a ballistic missile defense (BMD) ship — was part of a four ship force that was prepared to launch Tomahawk land attack missile strikes on Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons.

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
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