USS Mahan Shooting Leaves Two Dead

    March 25, 2014
    Sean Patterson
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A shooting aboard the USS Mahan has left two people dead and is raising questions about the Navy’s security procedures.

According to the U.S. Navy, one male sailor was shot and killed aboard the Mahan at around 11:20 pm Monday night. The man suspected of shooting the sailor was also shot and killed by Navy security forces.

The base was put on lockdown for a short while following the incident as a precautionary measure. No other injuries were reported and the base was released from lockdown after 45 minutes.

The shooting took place as the USS Mahan was docked at Naval Station Norfolk on the coast of Virginia. The Mahan is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer that was conducting routine operations in the Atlantic.

According to a Navy Times report, the shooter was a civilian, but was authorized to be at Naval Station Norfolk. A spokesperson has stated that the Navy cannot say whether the suspect was authorized to be aboard the Mahan. The Navy has also stated that it will release the names of both the sailor and the alleged shooter following the notification of their families.

News of the incident was first reported via Naval Station Norfolk’s Facebook page. The post indicates that the Navy is currently investigating the shooting.

The Navy Times report also states that the shooting suspect disarmed a petty officer before the shooting. The alleged shooter also reportedly did not have a weapon of his own.

The shooting comes just months after the Washington Navy Yard shooting in September 2013. That incident left 13 people dead, including the shooter, Aaron Alexis. According to reports Alexis was a former Navy Reserve sailor who had receive a defense service medal but was known for misusing firearms.

Image via U.S. Navy

  • julian teodoro

    How did this happen on the quarter deck?!! Being formerly in the U.S. Navy, there are 2 security rovers and the OOD (Officer of the deck) 3 people. What in the hell were the other two doing at this time?!! Where were they?!! That is their job it is why they are on duty!! How was one person able to disarm a security rover by surprise let alone the other two that are also armed?!! Something is wrong with this picture and there is something wrong with the truth of the people on duty.

    • Bill Love

      The military does not have the discipline it did years ago.

  • jj Roberts

    Don’t let civilians on board! ENOUGH of civilian contractors. Let the NAVY do the NAVY’S job!

  • ssseeeddd

    Sailors are paid a salary. There is no extra cost to improve security. Sad situation.

  • Garry Lycos

    Im sure Julian that is what is being looked into do they only carry sidearms or rifles when I was touring one on that base years ago they had I think M16’s and a sidearm and looked very serious. That guy shouldnt have had a chance. And they dont do hand to hand combat in basic in the navy any more why im sure they did in WW2

  • Karl Crim

    I’m sorry but US Naval vessels should still be protected by Marines. It has been a couple of decades since I was a jarhead but the ships I served on were secured by the USMC. Sailors are professional “sailors”, not combat soldiers! I am in know way trying to disparage the USNavy, the USMC was originally commissioned to protect USNavy vessels and they did that for a couple of centuries. For some reason the Navy determined that they were no longer necessary on ships that don’t carry certain weapons. This also goes for US Navy bases. The Marines no longer guard these bases gates a facilities and haven’t for quite some time. It is all contractor security. Sad state of affairs IMO.. Prayers for this sailor and his family, may the shooter rot in hell.

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