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04 Dec 2019 | 11:05 PM UTC

US: Fatalities confirmed following shooting at military base in Hawaii December 4 /update 3

Military officials confirm a sailor shot and killed two people before committing suicide at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on December 4; investigation ongoing

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Event

Military officials at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam near Honolulu (Hawaii state) confirmed that a US sailor shot and killed two Department of Defense employees before committing suicide on Wednesday, December 4. A third victim was also wounded and is currently being treated at a nearby hospital. An investigation into the incident is ongoing and authorities have not yet released a motive for the shooting as of Wednesday afternoon (local time).

A heightened security presence is anticipated around the base over the coming hours.

Context

Officials put the base on lockdown around 14:30 on Wednesday, closing the gates and blocking access to the base following reports of gunshots. The lockdown was lifted around 16:00 after the situation was contained.

Advice

Individuals in or near Honolulu are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the affected areas, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.