Shooting at Pearl Harbor leaves three dead – including the suspect – and one injured


Reya Mehta and Minjun Kim

   On Wednesday, Dec. 4, a 22-year-old US Navy sailor named Gabriel Romero shot and killed two civilian shipyard workers at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. He injured a third worker before killing himself. The first shots were reported to have been heard at around 2:30 PM. It has shocked many people around the world because a shooting is such a rare occurrence in Hawaii, and, on top of that, it occured at the site of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

   It is unknown whether the targets were intentional or randomly chosen. According to CNN, authorities do not believe terrorism is involved. The suspect was facing disciplinary action and had been going to anger management, but, as of now, there is no known motive for the shooting.

   The shooting occurred just three days before the upcoming National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Saturday, Dec. 7. It was 78 years ago on Saturday when the Japanese Navy bombed Pearl Harbor. According to Fox News, the shooting will not disturb the annual commemoration.

   The injured shipyard worker is currently in critical condition. One of the victims was 32-year-old Vincent Kapoi Jr. The names of the other victims have not been released yet.