(NBC News) – A gunman believed to be a U.S. sailor shot three civilian Defense Department employees Wednesday afternoon at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii before fatally shooting himself, a military official said. The conditions of the three victims were not immediately released. The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. at Dry Dock 2 in the shipyard at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Navy Region Hawaii spokeswoman Lydia Robertson said. The shooting forced the base into lockdown, but the scene has been secured. One witness who did not give his name told NBC affiliate KHNL of Honolulu in a phone interview that he was at his desk and heard loud pops that he thought to be gunshots and looked out the window to see a person he thought was a shooter point a gun at his head and fire. At least two of the victims were hospitalized. The Queen’s Medical Center and Pali Momi Medical Center each said that it had a victim from the shooting but did not provide further details. Because of the “ongoing security incident” access and gates to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam were closed. The base announced around 4 p.m. that all gates and base access had been reopened. Hannah Milne said over text messages that she had been inside a vehicle when the base was locked down. “There are still numerous emergency vehicles coming every 5-10 minutes,” she said at the time. Hawaii Gov. David Ige tweeted that the White House had reached out to offer assistance. “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,” Ige said. Base security and Navy investigative services investigating the incident. The shipyard repairs, maintains and modernizes the ships and submarines of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which is headquartered at Pearl Harbor. The base is the home port for 10 destroyers and 15 submarines. The naval shipyard is on base, and the Pearl Harbor National Memorial is off base about 1 1/2 miles away. The anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is Saturday. More than 2,400 members of the military and civilians died in that attack, which propelled the U.S. into World War II.
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