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PEARL HARBOR RAMPAGE

Pearl Harbor shooting – US sailor shoots two civilians dead and injures one at Hawaii base before turning gun on himself

A US Navy sailor shot two people dead and left one injured in a suicidal gun rampage at the Pearl Harbor military base in Hawaii on Wednesday afternoon.

The uniformed sailor shot three Department of Defense civilian workers before fatally turning the gun on himself, military officials said.

 Two people were confirmed to have been shot dead after a shooting at a Pearl Harbor base. Authorities were seen detaining an unknown man
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Two people were confirmed to have been shot dead after a shooting at a Pearl Harbor base. Authorities were seen detaining an unknown man
 Members of the armed forces stand guard in the aftermath. The shooter is said to have turned the gun on himself after going on a rampage
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Members of the armed forces stand guard in the aftermath. The shooter is said to have turned the gun on himself after going on a rampage
 The shootings took place at around 2:30pm local time
The shootings took place at around 2:30pm local time

Two of the civilians died while a third is in stable condition after being hospitalised - while the shooter died from "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound", officials said in a press briefing.

The active-duty sailor - a submariner on the docked USS Columbia - and his victims were all male.

It has not yet been confirmed whether the attack was random or targeted as investigators rush to establish a motive.

Panic had earlier spread across the site as a lockdown was put in place at around 2:30pm local time.

TERRIFIED TOURISTS

Terrified tourists on board the museum battleship the USS Missouri were rounded up for protection before the lockdown was lifted at 4pm.

And visitors to the Pearl Harbor National Monument also reacted with horror.

Brenda Sudol, 61, told the New York Times that "everyone was looking at each other because they didn’t know what to do" as the alarm was raised.

She added: "We knew we were in lockdown.

“I was going to go behind the bushes or on the ground or in the building."

TURNED GUN ON HIMSELF

The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam said in a statement on Twitter: "The sailor reportedly shot and injured three Department of Defense civilian workers before shooting themself.

"The incident took place this afternoon at the vicinity of the shipyard’s Dry Dock 2.

"The base is no longer in lockdown."

Another tweet added: "Base security and Navy investigative services are currently investigating.

"The names of the victims will not be released until the next of kin have been notified."

I join in solidarity with the people of Hawaii as we express our heartbreak over this tragedy and concern for those affected by the shooting

Governor David Ige

Governor David Ige said on Twitter: "I join in solidarity with the people of Hawaii as we express our heartbreak over this tragedy and concern for those affected by the shooting."

"Details are still emerging as security forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam investigate."

The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and was monitoring the situation after returning to the US from a Nato summit in London.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, which was formed by the merger of Pearl Harbor Naval Station and Hickam Air Force Base, is a combined U.S. Air Force and Navy Installation located 8 miles from Honolulu.

The incident comes three days before the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on the naval base that led the United States to enter World War Two by declaring war on Japan.

The shipyard is across the harbor from the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.

Pearl Harbor is the headquarters for the US Pacific fleet and is the home port for 10 destroyers and 15 submarines.

Rear Adm. Robert B. Chadwick II, commander for the Navy in Hawaii, said on Wednesday: "The role that the shipyard played in World War II is pretty legendary, and the shipyard is well known for the amazing work they did then and the amazing work they continue to do.

“This is certainly a tragedy for everyone here, and certainly our sincere thoughts are with the families of the victims and everyone involved.”

 Authorities are yet to confirm whether the attack was planned or a random act
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Authorities are yet to confirm whether the attack was planned or a random actCredit: KGMB/KHNL
 The incident comes three days before the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on the naval base that led the US to enter WWII
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The incident comes three days before the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on the naval base that led the US to enter WWIICredit: KGMB/KHNL
 The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was on lockdown with people told to take cover via a PA system and text, according to reports [Stock image]
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The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was on lockdown with people told to take cover via a PA system and text, according to reports [Stock image]Credit: Getty - Contributor
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