Pearl Harbor shooting claims the lives of two Filipinos

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, HI —  Officials have identified the victims who were killed during the Pearl Harbor shooting — and they were both Filipino.

30-year-old Vincent Kapoi Jr. and 49-year-old Roldan Agustin were both Defense Department employees who died when a sailor opened fire inside the base last Wednesday.

Kapoi was a metals inspector apprentice, while Agustin was a shop planner.

Meanwhile, 36-year-old Roger Nakamine, also a defense department employee, was injured and is still recovering at a hospital.

The gunman has been identified as 22-year-old Gabriel Antonio Romero, a machinist’s mate auxiliary fireman.

He used his service weapon to shoot the three civilian employees before he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“The entire shooting took approximately 23 seconds before he killed himself,” said Charles J. Anthony, Navy region Hawaii public affairs office.

The community was shaken by the shooting, which prompted an outpouring of emotions online.

The motive for the shooting is still being investigated but authorities do believe that the incident was not tied to domestic terrorism.

“There’s a lot of rumors and things and unofficial stuff that’s floating around out there, but I mean, I’m just not able to confirm a whole lot at this point because as I said, the investigation is ongoing,” said Anthony.

Family members of the victims asked for privacy at this time.

The Kapoi family shared that a service is being planned for December 15th. The shipyard union also said that Agustin and Kapoi will never be forgotten, and wished Nakamine a speedy recovery.

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