New Delhi: Indian Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria and officers of his team were said to be safe following a shooting incident at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii on Wednesday.
At least three people were injured, two of them critically, when the gunman opened fire at the US military facility before taking his own life, French news agency AFP said quoting local news reports.
An Indian Air Force spokesman said Bhadauria and others in the Indian delegation were unharmed.
Bhadauria was in Hickam, which is at a distance from Pearl Harbour Naval Base, where the shooting occurred, the spokesman said.
“Officials at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam report the shooting incident at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard has been secured. One person is confirmed dead. The shooter has been identified as a US Sailor," a Twitter post from the official Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam handle said.
“The sailor reportedly shot and injured three Department of Defense civilian workers before shooting themself. The incident took place this afternoon at the vicinity of the shipyard’s Dry Dock 2. The base is no longer in lockdown," a second post said.
The shooting incident comes three days before the 78th anniversary of the 1941 surprise Japanese attack on the US base that left thousands of US personnel dead. It marked a turning point in the history of World War II.
Bhadauria is in Hawaii to participate in the Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium 2019 (PACS 2019) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The theme for this year’s symposium is - “A Collaborative Approach to Regional Security." Pearl Harbour in Hawaii hosts a joint US Navy and Air Force base.
The Hawaii conference brings together air chiefs from across the Indo-Pacific region who will provide perspectives on common challenges faced and on shared mutual interests while focusing on relevant topics like regional security, domain awareness, multi-domain awareness, ínteroperability and humanitarian and disaster relief.
“The conference is intended to further strengthen the existing cooperation between the Air Forces of the participating countries and also to pave the way for enhanced interaction in the future. In addition to the host country USA, Air Chiefs from 20 countries are present at the Symposium," an Indian statement said earlier this week.