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.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.
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.
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...