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Shooter dead, female sailor injured after active shooter incident at NAS Oceana

Posted at 7:36 AM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 17:20:59-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- A lockdown at Naval Air Station Oceana has been lifted after an active shooter incident that ended with the suspected shooting being killed by security personnel.

A female sailor was shot several times in the parking lot of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 37, outside of Hangar 145 at approximately 6:45 Friday. She was transported to Virginia Beach General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect has been identified as a male sailor and that the shooting was domestic in nature.

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

Officials say the shooting occurred at 6:45 and the situation was resolved by 6:50 am.

The shooting caused a lockdown at NAS Oceana for more than an hour.

Investigators say they are not identifying the suspect and victim at this time, pending notification of next of kin, but say they were both assigned to VFA-37.

A reason for the shooting is unknown and it is being investigated by Naval Criminal Investigative Service, officials said.

NAS Oceana is a military airport located in Virginia Beach and is the east coast home to the U.S. Navy's fighter-attack jet fleet.

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