NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Naval Station Norfolk Commanding Officer Captain Robert Clark said Tuesday that the civilian suspect in a deadly shooting on base had credentials.
Clark said those credentials, otherwise known as a Transportation Worker Identification Credential or TWIC, would have given the suspect access to Pier 1, but not necessarily the USS Mahan, where Navy officials said the shooting occurred Monday night.
According to the U.S. Navy, the shooting happened around 11:20 p.m. when a male civilian, disarmed the petty officer on watch and shot and killed a Sailor. Security forces responding to reports of shots fired then killed the suspect.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, applicants for the TWIC must provide fingerprints and undergo a security threat assessment. The card is valid for five years. The TSA requires the following people to have a TWIC: Coast Guard-credentialed merchant mariners, port facility employees, long shore workers, truck drivers, and others requiring un-escorted access to secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels.
Clark said the suspect had worked on the installation at a previous time and was not likely to be a dependent of anyone in the military.
Clark talked about the impact of the shooting on security at Naval Station Norfolk in a press conference Tuesday afternoon: “I wouldn’t say that it affects the way that we necessarily screen people, but of course it’s going to make us look at our procedures and make sure that we tighten up to make sure that we’re doing everything that we’re supposed to do in accordance with our standard operating procedures.”
The U.S. Navy said it learned several lessons about security clearances from the deadly shooting last year at Washington Navy Yard, but that the incident had not led to significant changes in physical security at Naval Station Norfolk.