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Two airmen dead in shooting at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two airmen were killed Monday in an early morning shooting in a dormitory on Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, Air Force officials said.

Grand Forks AFB officials said they are investigating the shooting, which happened at about 4:30 a.m. and believe was an isolated incident. Officials “believe there is currently no risk to other personnel” at the base, according to a base statement.

The base did not identify the deceased airmen by name, but said both were active-duty members assigned to the 319th Reconnaissance Wing. Air Force Staff Sgt. Elijaih Tiggs, a spokesman for that unit, said the airmen would be named 24 hours after their families were notified of the deaths, per Pentagon policy.

The shooting occurred in a dorm facility on the base that primarily hosts single, enlisted airmen early in their military careers, Tiggs said. Officials were making mental health care specialists available for anyone impacted by the shooting, he added.

He said he could provide “no further releasable information” on Monday.

Grand Forks AFB is located in eastern North Dakota, about 80 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border. It houses the 319th Reconnaissance Wing, an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance unit, which primarily operates RQ-4 Global Hawk drones for commanders around the world, according to the Air Force. It also supports U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers who fly unarmed MQ-9 Predator drones from Grand Forks AFB.

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