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2 Killed in Shooting at US Navy's Naval Station Norfolk

USS Mahan at Naval Station Norfolk
The USS Mahan, a guided missile destroyer ship, docks pierside at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., on June 8, 2011. (Image credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lolita Lewis)

A shooting late Monday (March 24) at the U.S. Navy's Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval base located in Virginia, left a sailor and a civilian suspect dead. The shooting occurred last night at around 11:20 p.m. EDT aboard the USS Mahan, an active-service naval ship ported at the Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 1, reported USA Today.

A male sailor and a male civilian suspect were killed, military officials said, but no other injuries were reported. Naval Station Norfolk was temporarily put on lockdown, but security teams have since secured the scene, and operations on base — except those at Pier 1 — have resumed, according to USA Today. Navy officials are unsure how a civilian smuggled a weapon on base and gained access to the USS Mahan, but an investigation into the fatal incident is underway.

Last night's shooting comes months after another grim incident on a U.S. military base. In September, a gunman later identified as Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist who was then working as an independent contractor, opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard. Twelve people were killed before law enforcement officials shot and killed the lone gunman.

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