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US Soldier Shoots Dead 2 Civilian Workers, Commits Suicide at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

© AP Photo / Caleb JonesTraffic backs up at the main gates after a shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval shipyard, Wednesday, 4 December 2019, near Pearl Harbor in Honolulu.
Traffic backs up at the main gates after a shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval shipyard, Wednesday, 4 December 2019, near Pearl Harbor in Honolulu.  - Sputnik International
An unidentified US serviceman opened fire on Wednesday at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii. Local media said earlier, citing authorities, that multiple people were injured in the shooting.

Two people have died after a US serviceman went on a shooting spree at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Wednesday, Reuters reported, citing military officials at a press briefing.

A third victim is said to be in stable condition after being admitted to hospital, while the perpetrator also died from "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound". The identities of the victims and the gunman have yet to be revealed.

After earlier media reports suggested, citing eyewitnesses that the alleged gunman was a local sailor who shot three civilians, the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) confirmed in the statement that a US serviceman had injured three Department of Defence civilian staffers before committing suicide.

​Local authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.

​According to earlier media reports, citing multiple sources, a male suspect was killed by authorities after he injured at least three civilians. According to The Hawaii News Now media outlet, at least two people are said to be in critical condition. The exact identity and incentive of the suspect reportedly remain unknown.

A witness claimed earlier, cited by the media outlet, that the suspected shooter fatally shot himself.

Hawaii News Now said earlier, citing eyewitnesses, that the area had been immediately locked down following the first shooting reports. The shooting is reported to have happened at Drydock 2.

​The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. local time. Local security forces immediately responded to the incident.

​The shooting occurred several days before 7 December, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the 78th anniversary of the infamous surprise aerial attack carried out by Imperial Japanese forces on the lagoon harbor on the island of Oahu, killing 2,403 and causing the US to enter into World War II.

Currently, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is a combined US Air Force and Navy Installation located 8 miles (13 km) from Honolulu.

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