Sunday, October 1, 2023

One dead in shooting Friday at NAS Oceana

VIRGINIA BEACH — A sailor is dead and another in the hospital following a shooting inside Naval Air Station Oceana Friday Morning.

David Todd, a spokesman for the Navy’s mid-Atlantic region, said it was an isolated, domestic incident. The base was immediately placed under lockdown shortly after the shooting at 6:45 a.m.

Base officials said one victim, a woman, also a sailor, was taken to the hospital. Information on her condition was not made immediately available, but officials called her injuries “non-life-threatening.”

The shooter, a man, was shot and killed by NAS Security officers.

In a news conference, Capt. Chad Vincelette, spokesman for NAS Oceana, said the shooting happened outside Hangar 145, the location of Strike Force Fighter Squadron 37.

The male sailor shot the woman with a handgun, Vincelette said, adding part of the investigation is to find out how the shooter was able to bring a weapon inside the base — NAS Oceana has a no weapons policy.

He did not identify both sailors. Vincelette said the base went back to normal operations an hour later.

Officials did not provide further details, including the relationship between the shooter and the woman.

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