Ige: ‘White House has reached out to offer assistance’ in light of shooting

Pearl Harbor Shipyard Shooting
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Updated: Dec. 4, 2019 at 5:49 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gov. David Ige has issued a statement following Wednesday’s fatal shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

The statement was issued just before 4:40 p.m. and said:

“I join in solidarity with the people of Hawai‘i as we express our heartbreak over this tragedy and concern for those affected by the shooting. Details are still emerging as security forces at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam investigate. The White House has reached out to offer assistance from federal agencies, and the state is standing by to assist where necessary.”

Officials confirmed Wednesday evening that a U.S. Sailor shot three civilian workers before turning the gun on himself. Two of the victims died.

Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard tweeted around 5:20 p.m.: “Sending my aloha and well wishes to the victims of today’s shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Our gratitude goes out to the first responders who took action to secure the base and keep people safe.”

Honolulu county is also offering their services. Officials said the Honolulu Medical Examiner is working with military officials to assist in identifying victims.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell added his thoughts in a statement saying:

“We share in the sorrow of today’s tragic shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and are thankful for the actions of our federal and state partners, as well as the city’s first responders who rushed to the scene, which includes personnel from HPD, HFD, and emergency services. The Medical Examiner’s Office is assisting the military with its investigation, and if additional city resources are needed, we stand ready to provide additional help.”

From the nation’s Capitol, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono expressed her sorrow over the shooting, and thanked first responders.

“While the investigation into this incident continues, my thoughts and aloha are with the victims of the terrible tragedy at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and with their families. I join all of Hawaii in expressing our gratitude to the first responders who rush toward danger every day to keep us safe.”

This story will be updated.

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