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Navy sailor killed by base police after shooting another sailor at VA naval station

A UH-3H Sea King helicopter assigned to the Search and Rescue (SAR) unit at Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., flies over the waterfront at Virginia Beach, Va. The SAR squadron, which provides rescue services to both the military and civilian communities, will be decommissioned on October 1st, 2004. (Photographer's Mate 1st Class Anthony M. Koch/U.S. Navy)
April 05, 2019

A shooting took place at Naval Air Station Oceana (NASO) in Virginia on Friday, leaving one U.S. sailor dead and one wounded.

The incident took place early in the morning and a lockdown was lifted around 8 a.m. EST after the air station confirmed the incident was “contained,” WAVY News reported.

“At approximately 6:45 a.m. this morning, an isolated domestic shooting occurred on Naval Air Station Oceana (NASO) in the parking lot of Strike Fighter Squadron 37 (VFA-37), Hangar 145,” Capt. Chad Vincelette, commanding officer at NASO, said in a statement.

“A male sailor shot a female sailor several times. The victim was transported to Virginia Beach General Hospital with multiple non-life threatening injuries. Both sailors were assigned to VFA-37,” Vincelette continued.

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“The shooter was quickly identified and shot and killed by my Naval Air Station Oceana security personnel,” Vincelette said. “The shooter was armed with a single handgun and was not carrying any additional weapons or ammunition.”

Vincelette said the incident was resolved five minutes after it occurred, and the station lockdown was lifted approximately one hour later.

“NAS OCEANA has experienced an Active Shooter incident. The shooter has been contained. The victim has been transported to the hospital. More information to follow,” the station posted on social media at 7:45 a.m.

An investigation is currently underway.

The base maintains a no weapons policy and conducts “random and periodic inspections for prohibited items,” Vincelette said.