Pearl Harbor Sailor Shooter Identified, Motive Remains Unknown

Dec 5, 2019

A motive remains unclear for a shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Wednesday afternoon that left a Navy sailor dead by his own hand and two male civilian workers killed. One other Department of Defense employee was injured and was in guarded condition.

The Associated Press reports a U.S. military official spokesperson said on condition of anonymity that the sailor was 22-year-old G. Romero. The Navy said the shooter was assigned to the USS Columbia, a Los Angeles-class submarine. A military official told the AP Romero used his service weapons.

A Navy investigation is underway to determine what may have led to the shooting at Dry Dock 2, where the USS Columbia was undergoing regular maintenance.

The names of the shooting victims were not released pending notification of kin.

The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam issued a tweet last night that counseling services are available to workers who need it.

Pearl Harbor public affairs office said the shooting was reported at around 2:30 p.m. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam responded, gates were closed and the facility was placed on lockdown.

Rear Admiral Robb Chadwick, commander of Navy Region Hawaii, said the Navy is not sure if the victims were picked randomly or were targeted.

At least one of the shooting victims was a member of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, a union official said.  He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

Meanwhile, Don Bongo, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1186 Unit 2 business representative, said his union represents 600 electrical workers at the shipyard and they were all safe.

City ambulances transported two victims to local hospitals. The Queen's Medical Center confirmed it received one 36-year-old male victim. He remains in stable condition on Thursday morning. Other victims were sent to Pali Momi Medical Center and Tripler Medical Center, a source said. 

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell's office issued a press release stating that the city medical examiner would be working with the Navy.

In a statement, Gov. David Ige expressed concern about those affected by the shooting. "The White House has reached out to offer assistance from federal agencies, and the state is standing by to assist where necessary," he said.

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