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Monday, October 22, 2007

Two Sailors Dead, One Wounded In Bahrain Shootings

No word yet on the circumstances or the possibility of this being an act of terrorism, but two U.S. Sailors were killed and another wounded in a shooting at NSA Bahrain today. Here's the initial press release from NAVCENT:
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN – Two Sailors were fatally shot and one critically wounded aboard U. S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain at approximately 5 a.m. Oct. 22. The shootings took place in the on-base barracks.
Two Sailors were pronounced dead at the scene and the third was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The incident is currently under investigation.
Officials closed the base temporarily and reopened it shortly after 6 a.m.
The names of the Sailors are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The fact that the base was opened back up so quickly would tend to indicate that it wasn't a terrorist attack, but isn't definitive.

Staying at PD...

Update 0853 22 Oct: An updated press release from NAVCENT makes it clear that the incident wasn't terror related, an d reports that the two dead females Sailors were apparently shot by the wounded Sailor, who then failed in a suicide attempt. Although the Navy release doesn't specify the gender of the shooter, this CNN update says that the shooter was male.

Update 1034 26 Oct: Here's the DoD press release announcing the names of the fallen Sailors, along with stories about them here and here. This Gulf News story says the alleged killer is a 20 year old Sailor named Clarence Jackon (no rate given), and says he is not expected to regain consciousness. Apparently Jackson had a previous "casual" relationship with one of the slain Sailors. Very tragic...


Anonymous bullnav said...

I just saw a statement that it was not terror-related.

Also, Foxnews is reporting that the two dead sailors were shot by a male sailor, who was wounded.

Sad situation.

I was there in August. Lots of armed folks walking around.

10/22/2007 6:56 AM

Anonymous PigBoatSailor said...

Heard from a guy who says he is stationed there (on - so if y'all have the subscription, search this morning's redlit headlines) that it was indeed one sailor shooting the other two, no outside involvement.

10/22/2007 7:05 AM

Blogger Brandie said...

Latest update on CNN is that the male sailor is the alleged shooter, and survived a self inflicted gun shot wound. He is in the hospital under heavy security. According to the report CNN has up currently, the two dead sailors were female.

Things like this are sad. =/

10/22/2007 8:12 AM

Blogger reddog said...

There's drugs and/or alcohol mixed in with the guns and women. It just hasn't come out yet.

The sex and is a given.

10/23/2007 7:13 AM

Blogger Sara E Anderson said...

Oh good! It wasn't terrorism - just domestic violence.

10/23/2007 3:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the definition of "domestic violence" now extend to include any incident in which there is at least one female victim?

How about any incident in which there is at least one male victim?

What ever happened to "domestic violence" being related to the house or household?

I recognize the point you're trying to make, but the paucity of reported facts don't yet support a "domestic violence" scenario--although if and when the full story comes out, the facts may do so.

10/24/2007 5:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's not considered domestic violence just because there was a female victim. The incident happened in the barracks which is where all 3 of them lived. It was their "house" therefore, that is why its been labeled as domestic violence.

11/11/2007 3:06 PM

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