Pearl Harbor shipyard shooting survivor issues statement from hospital

Pearl Harbor shipyard shooting survivor issues statement from hospital
Lei and flowers make up a memorial on base at Pearl Harbor as the shipyard ohana continues to mourn Wednesday's shooting. (Source: Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Facebook)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -A surviving victim of Wednesday’s shooting on base at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard continues his recovery at Queen’s hospital.

On Saturday, 36-year-old Roger Nakamine issued a statement to the media that said:

“My family and I would like to express our gratitude to the first responders and the expert medical staff at Queen’s, as well as to all the friends and extended ʻohana who have been reaching out to offer their support physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and families of Vincent Kapoi Jr. and Roldan Agustin. We ask that the media please respect our privacy as we all continue to grieve and heal.”

Nakamine is a Department of Defense employee who was working as an apprentice at the shipyard when the shooting happened.

He remains at Queen’s in stable condition.

Meanwhile, friends and family of the shipyard continue to mourn the tragic event. Lei and flowers make up a growing memorial as all civilian employees went back to work Friday.

Navy and other officials have released few details into the shooting that killed two workers and left the gunman dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

At the Pearl Harbor Commemoration ceremony Saturday, Sen. Brian Schatz (D) Hawaii, spoke briefly to Hawaii News Now about the shooting.

“I am satisfied that we’re moving expeditiously. I understand and they share the concern to get more information as quickly as possible. I can tell you that the main thing is to conduct this investigation properly and I’m satisfied that they’re gonna get to the bottom of this in terms of what happened, but perhaps most importantly to make sure that something like this doesn’t happen again,” he said.

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Posted by Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on Thursday, December 5, 2019

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