A sailor fatally shot two Department of Defense civilian employees and injured a third before killing himself at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 4, The Hawaii News Now reported.

The shooting took place near the USS Columbia, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, at approximately 2:30 p.m. local time at Drydock 2.

The two victims, both men, were initially taken to hospitals in extremely critical condition and later died. The third victim, a 36-year-old man, remains in guarded condition at the Queen’s Medical Center. 

The shooter was an active-duty U.S. Navy petty officer attached to the submarine, according to Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, commander of Navy Region Hawaii. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the shooter knew three victims or if the three were shot at random.

“We have no indication yet whether they were targeted or if it was a random shooting,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

Chadwick didn’t disclose what type of gun was used or a possible motive.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service [NCIS] was on the scene and the FBI has been notified. The victims’ and the shooter’s identity have not yet been released.

At least 100 witnesses were being interviewed about the incident, authorities said.

Officials locked down buildings and a PA system urged anyone on base to take cover in the minutes after the shooting. The lockdown was lifted around 4 p.m. local time after authorities conducted a search.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said the White House has offered assistance to federal agencies and the state is also ready to help if needed.

Counseling services are being offered to family members and shipyard employees impacted by the tragedy. The Emergency Family Assistance Center will remain open until further notice, according to the base’s announcement.

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