Sub Officer Shot in Guam
(Intel Source: The Sub Report) An officer from the USS Helena (SSN-725), a San Diego-based boat currently making a port visit in Guam, was shot while making his rounds topside on Sunday. He's been taken to Hawaii for surgery...
"The officer, a lieutenant junior grade from the submarine USS Helena, sustained a small-caliber gunshot wound to the left shoulder and was taken to Naval Hospital, said Lt. Arwen Chisholm, Navy spokeswoman. He is in stable condition and was transferred to Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii yesterday, where he will undergo surgery for vascular and muscular damage. The officer's name has not been released.
"The naval installation was under lock-down as officials searched inside and outside of the base. No one was allowed on or off the base until the lock-down was lifted at 3 a.m. yesterday.
"The officer was conducting his rounds at Polaris Point's Alpha Pier shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday when an unknown suspect allegedly shot him in the left shoulder, Chisholm said. The pier is located within the inner gate of the installation.
"The officer fired back, but the suspect fled the scene. No further information about the suspect was available."
The article goes on to say that the local authorities consider this to be a criminal, rather than terrorist, matter. Unless this guy made enemies out on liberty, it seems completely screwy to me that someone would choose to take a potshot at a visiting officer; or, if you just wanted to shoot a Sailor, why someone who was armed? To quote my favorite lawyer, "This does not make sense." I think we haven't heard the last of this story...
Staying at PD...
Bell-ringer 1911 07June: Unfortunately, this makes a little more sense; this new article from KUAM says that authorities believe the weapon used in the shooting, found in the bay by divers, belonged to the shot officer. They're still investigating if the shooting was self-inflicted, which I hope turns out to be the case...
Update 2126 07June: Here's another article, with more information, from Pacific Daily News. Excerpt:
"The officer, who was doing rounds on Polaris Point at the time of the shooting, had told investigators that he'd been shot at and then had fired back, but that the suspect fled the scene.
"After an extensive search, investigators have thus far ruled out the possibility of an intruder as the cause of the gunshot wound," read a press release issued yesterday by the Navy.
"Investigators believed the officer to have been shot by the small-caliber gun -- which was not issued by the Navy -- because they found the casings of a small-caliber bullet at the scene of the shooting, Chisholm said. However, the bullet is still lodged in the officer's bone, she said, and will not be removed from his shoulder because it would cause too much damage to his health.
"Therefore, investigators are not absolutely certain whether the bullet that injured the officer was shot from the small-caliber gun, she said."
Update 2355 24 June: It looks like the young officer has admitted he shot himself.