10th grader killed in shooting in US Navy academy
A 10-year-old student from the Naval Academy of the United States Navy has died after being shot in the chest and neck while attending a military academy in Pennsylvania, authorities said.
The victim was among six people killed in the attack, which took place Saturday night in the Naval Special Warfare Academy at Pearl Harbor, according to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
The shooter was identified as 23-year old Abdul Razak Ali Artan, of Pennsylvania, who authorities said was armed with a rifle.
His name was not immediately released, but the Associated Press said he was a Navy reservist and member of the academy’s cadet body.
The shooting occurred on the first day of the school year, which is when students typically arrive at the academy for basic training, the AP reported.
According to Navy spokesman Commander Greg Clarridge, Artan left the academy at 7 p.m. and went to a nearby Walmart to purchase ammunition.
A shopper called police to report that Artan had a gun, and when officers arrived, they found Artan dead in the parking lot, Clarrridge said.
“This was a horrific event, and it is with a heavy heart that we report this senseless act of violence occurred at a Navy Special Warfare academy,” he said.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this tragic victim.”
A statement released by the Naval Institute said Artan was a “highly regarded cadet, with a long and distinguished career in the US Navy.”
It said he joined the academy in 2005, and was “well-respected and admired by his peers.”
“He was deeply beloved by his fellow cadets, and we are committed to ensuring that no cadets ever experience a similar loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who loved him,” the statement said.
An attorney for Artan’s family, Michael L. Kallenberger, declined to comment on Sunday.
The Navy Academy of Excellence is home to about 1,500 cadets and offers specialized training and courses.
It was established in 1912 to help prepare cadets for careers in the armed forces, the Navy said.
The academy has been ranked among the nation’s top military academies.