Truck driver talks about Mahan shooting suspect

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A truck driver who said he knew the suspected gunman in a shooting that killed a Sailor at Naval Station Norfolk talked to 10 On Your Side Saturday.

Homer Wolfe said he’d seen Jeffrey Savage less than a dozen times over the past three months at Norfolk International Terminals, and that they worked with different trucking companies. The Navy said 35-year-old Savage drove a truck without a trailer onto the base and took a gun from the Petty Officer of the Watch at USS Mahan Monday night. According to investigators, Savage shot and killed MA2 Mark Mayo, who was coming to help her. The Navy said a roving officer then shot and killed Savage.

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Jeffrey SavageWolfe told WAVY News’ Erin Kelly he couldn’t believe it when he heard the name of the suspected shooter.

“He was a very mild-mannered guy. He never got excited,” said Wolfe.  He said he would talk to him while waiting to load up his truck in the port.

“Something had to go wrong with Savage for him to react that way,” said Wolfe.

Wolfe, who spent 20 years in the Navy, said he was saddened to hear about the death of MA2 Mark Mayo.

“That hurt me. That man is a hero. He did what he was supposed to do. He defended his ship and defended the person that was being under attack,” he said.

Wolfe carries a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), a card that the Navy said Savage used to get on the base, although he had no business being there Monday night.

“What is happening that we’re allowing this? We’re not verifying something right,” said Wolfe.

Related coverage:

Navy, family remember fallen Sailor as hero

Video: Full interview with MA2 Mayo’s family

Video: Navy gives update on USS Mahan shooting


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