Mar 25 2014, 7:59pm CDT | by Susan McGlaun
A civilian approaching a Navy destroyer at the world's largest naval base late at night took a weapon from a sailor who was standing watch and used it to shoot and kill another sailor who was trying to help his embattled colleague, Navy officials said Tuesday.
Navy security forces then killed the suspect, who was authorized to be on Naval Station Norfolk and did not bring his own weapon on base, according to Capt. Robert Clark, the base's commanding officer reports TimesDispatch.com .
The identities of the civilian and the sailor who were killed have not been released. "Information about our sailor will come at the appropriate time and today is not that day," said Clark, who asked for privacy for the sailor's family.
No other injuries were reported from the encounter, which occurred Monday about 11:20 p.m. on the USS Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer. It wasn't immediately clear why the civilian approached the ship or if he ever had access to it previously.
Clark said the identification found with the civilian indicates it is unlikely he was a military dependent authorized to be on base for that reason. He said the civilian was found with a TWIC card. According to the Navy's Military Sealift Command, a TWIC card is a transportation worker's credential card and is necessary to apply for any jobs with the command.
Military Sealift Command hires civilian mariners to crew its ships, including the hospital ship USNS Comfort, which uses the same pier as the Mahan. Clark said it was unclear what exactly the civilian's job was or when he worked on the base.
The base was briefly on lockdown following the shooting, but traffic was back to normal early Tuesday morning.
The Navy will release both men's names after their families are notified, said Naval Station Norfolk spokeswoman Terri Davis.
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