Navy officer hospitalized after being shot on patrol on Guam
June 8, 2005
A Navy officer reportedly shot while on duty was in stable condition Monday at Guam Naval Hospital, Navy officials said.
The officer reportedly was shot in the shoulder while on security patrol Sunday night inside a gated entry point at Naval Base Guam’s Polaris Point, the officials said.
Military and local officials still were searching for a suspect as of late Monday afternoon, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ben Keller, a Naval Base Guam spokesman.
When asked whether the shooter is believed to be a servicemember, Keller said, “We don’t know anything about the suspect at this point. The investigators may know more but nothing is being released” yet.
The officer is a lieutenant junior grade with the USS Helena, a Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarine from San Diego that arrived at Guam on June 1 for a routine port visit. The Navy has not released the sailor’s name.
The shooting occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, Keller said, while the officer was making rounds at Polaris Point, where submarines typically are moored. The officer is thought to have been “facing the bullet when it hit him,” Keller said. “He fired one round off but he did know whether it was a successful shot.” The officer reported not knowing whether the shooter left on foot or in a vehicle, the spokesman said.
Polaris Point’s main entry is through a manned gate, Keller said. A sentry guards a second access point to the piers. Keller said he was unsure whether the incident occurred in that second area.
The officer sustained a small-caliber gunshot wound to the left shoulder, Keller said. He was waiting to be airlifted Monday afternoon to Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii for vascular and muscular surgery, the spokesman said.
The incident is being treated as a criminal investigation, Keller said, noting that “they’ve ruled terrorism out.” Investigating are the Navy’s HC-25 helicopter squadron, Guam Police Department, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Naval Base Guam security.