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US Navy identifies gunman in shooting at base

Published on Mar 28, 2014 12:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Navy on Thursday identified the civilian who killed a sailor aboard a destroyer in Virginia this week, saying he stripped a guard of his gun before opening fire.

The incident, at America's largest naval base, has raised fresh questions about security at military installations after a shooting rampage last September at the Washington Navy Yard when a civilian contractor killed 12 people.

Authorities said Jeffery Savage, 35, a truck driver who had driven his vehicle on to the Norfolk naval base on Monday, tried to board the USS Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer, but was told to stop and confronted by security officers.

"A struggle occurred and Savage was able to disarm the petty officer of the watch," according to a statement from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

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