There have been reports of an active shooter on Wednesday evening at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii.
According to Hawaii News Now, at least three victims have been injured. Two are in critical condition, said officials.
The shooter has been “secured,” officials also said. A witness said he saw the gunman shoot himself.
Several civilians have been counted among the gunshot victims.
JBPHH security forces have responded to a reported shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. Due to the ongoing security incident, access/gates to #JBPHH are closed. We will update when we have further information. pic.twitter.com/6uZulGOUTx
— Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (@JointBasePHH) December 5, 2019
The Pearl Harbor base tweeted: “JBPHH security forces have responded to a reported shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. Due to the ongoing security incident, access/gates to #JBPHH are closed. We will update when we have further information.”
The base PA system called on people to take cover, and personnel received text messages alerting them of the situation, according to the report.
The Honolulu Police, Fire Department, and agents have responded to the scene, KHON2 reported.
The shooting took place at Drydock 2, it was reported.
Other details about the incident are not clear.
#BREAKING: A portion of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is on lockdown because of an apparent active shooter situation; multiple victims reported, per law enforcement source.
— Hawaii News Now (@HawaiiNewsNow) December 5, 2019
This shooting comes just days ahead of the 78th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack that got the United States into World War II.
The harbor is located near the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.
Facts About Crime in the United States
Violent crime in the United States has fallen sharply over the past 25 years, according to both the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) (pdf).
The rate of violent crimes fell by 49 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the FBI’s UCR, which only reflects crimes reported to the police.
The violent crime rate dropped by 74 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the BJS’s NCVS, which takes into account both crimes that have been reported to the police and those that have not.
The FBI recently released preliminary data for 2018. According to the Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January to June 2018, violent crime rates in the United States dropped by 4.3 percent compared to the same six-month period in 2017.
While the overall rate of violent crime has seen a steady downward drop since its peak in the 1990s, there have been several upticks that bucked the trend. Between 2014 and 2016, the murder rate increased by more than 20 percent, to 5.4 per 100,000 residents, from 4.4, according to an Epoch Times analysis of FBI data. The last two-year period that the rate soared so quickly was between 1966 and 1968.