The Pearl Harbor-based Sailor who shot three civilians before killing himself has been identified as “G. Romero”- but the 22-year-old leaves behind more questions than answers.
Romero’s identity was released to the Los Angeles Times by a “military official who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details that had not been made public.”
Navy Region Hawaii Rear Admiral Robert Chadwick is currently evaluating whether or not to up security prior to the annual ceremony of the Pearl Harbor attack, which took place on December 7, 1941.
Romero reportedly shot three civilians at the shipyard before turning the gun on himself.
“We have no indication yet whether they were targeted or if it was a random shooting,” Chadwick told the Times.
A submariner assigned to the fast-attack submarine Columbia, Romero was at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for routine sub maintenance.
It is unknown how he managed to procure a firearm in the gun control-heavy state of Hawaii, let alone get the weapon onto base.
Two of Romero’s victims -who remain unidentified to the public- have since died.
“Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and everyone involved. I can say that we are mobilizing support services for naval shipyard personnel as well as everyone else who may be affected by this tragic event,” Chadwick said.
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