BREAKING: Naval Medical Center on Lockdown to Search for Stabbing Suspect

June 6, 2014 10:44 AM
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va. US Navy Photo
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va. US Navy Photo

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va. is on lockdown as authorities search for the suspect in a Friday morning stabbing.

“There was a stabbing of a naval service member outside of the Navy exchange at 9 a.m.,” a Navy official told USNI News on Friday.

The condition of the victim is not known.

Authorities are searching for, “a white male, 165 pounds, blond hair, blue eyes, wearing tan cargo pants and a white shirt,” according to the medical center’s Facebook page.

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No other details on the suspect were available as of this posting.

Local news is reporting the installation is in a so-called Code White posture.

“A Code White could mean an active shooter situation or an armed suspect is in the area. In this case, it is referring to an armed suspect,” according to

The Navy has operated a hospital at the location since 1827. The medical center oversees about 4,300 sailors and civilian employees “in locations from Yorktown to Chesapeake to deliver healthcare to the 420,000 active duty members, family members and retirees living in Hampton Roads,” according to information from the Navy.

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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