Navy searches for answers in fatal base shooting


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Navy officials are searching for answers about what may have motivated a civilian to approach a docked destroyer, struggle with security personnel, disarm a sailor, then shoot and kill someone coming to that sailor's aid.

The civilian was shot and killed by Navy security forces shortly after the encounter late Monday night aboard the USS Mahan at Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval base.

The unidentified civilian was authorized to be on base, but it wasn't immediately clear for what reason or why he would want to approach the destroyer, which shares a pier with a hospital ship.

The base's commanding officer said Tuesday that the civilian was found with a transportation worker's credential issued to personnel such as truck drivers who require unescorted access to secure areas.

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