Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was placed on lockdown after an active shooter incident on the base.
One U.S. Navy sailor died and another was injured after a shooting at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach
NAS Air Station Oceana confirmed the incident on Twitter, and said that the perpetrator was “contained.” One person was injured, the station confirmed. Local news anchor Kristen Crowley reported the victim had a minor leg wound. The base added that the victim was transported to the hospital.
NAS OCEANA experienced an Active Shooter incident. The shooter has been contained. The victim has been transported to the hospital. More information to follow.
— Naval Air Station Oceana (@nas_oceana) April 5, 2019
The gunman, a male sailor, was shot and killed by Navy Air Station security personnel following a domestic shooting at the air station, a Navy spokesperson said. The woman who was injured, also a sailor, was taken to Virginia Beach General Hospital with multiple non-life threatening gunshot wounds, according to a statement from the Navy.
Both sailors, who were not immediately identified, were assigned to the VFA-37 squadron, NAS Oceana commanding officer Capt. Chad Vincelette said in a Facebook post.
Vincelette said the shooting took place at 6:45 a.m. The incident is currently under investigation. The naval base has a no weapons policy, according to Vincelette.
“The shooter was quickly identified, shot and killed by my Naval Air Station Oceana security personnel,” said Capt. Chad Vincelette. “The shooter was armed with a single handgun and was not carrying any additional weapons or ammunition.”
Naval Air Station Oceana previously announced the lockdown at 7:18 a.m., noting an unspecified “security incident.” It lifted the lockdown one hour later.
NAS Oceana is one of the US Navy’s three “master jet bases” in the country, and houses 18 Hornet and Super Hornet fighter jet squadrons. It is home to some 10,500 active Navy personnel, about 10,000 family members and 4,500 civilian personnel, the base said.