HONOLULU — Security forces responded to reports of a shooting at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam near Honolulu around 2:30 on Wednesday afternoon.
“The reports are that shots were fired and three people were injured. Two people passed from their injuries, one is in stable condition, in the hospital right now. Apparently the shooter has been reported as an active-duty sailor, who then self-inflicted. He took his own life,” said public affairs specialist David Hodge.
This tragedy came just three days before the anniversary of an important moment in U.S. history.
The shooting took place at the shipyard which is located across the harbor from the Pearl Harbor Memorial where the Japanese attack occurred 78 years ago.
The victims in Wednesday’s shooting were male defense department employees, whose names will only be released by authorities after their families are notified. The suspect has not been identified as well but was reportedly assigned to the submarine USS Columbia.
“The investigation, of course, is ongoing. It’s a very complicated investigation because of the area where the shooting was at.”
Authorities have yet to determine a motive for the shooting rampage and it remains unclear whether the sailor targeted his victims — or he was shooting randomly.
For now, this incident has rattled the community.
“I went there two days ago. I’m actually surprised. It saddens me to hear about the news this afternoon. It was a good place. I really wanted to go back there but after what happened, actually, I am a bit scared because, I don’t know, anything can happen inside.”
Following the shooting, the base was placed on lockdown for nearly two hours. The base is offering counseling services and has opened an emergency family assistance center for those impacted by the tragedy.