US Sailor Slays 2 Colleagues, Shoots Self

Love triangle gone bad may have sparked killings on Bahrain base
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2007 10:55 AM CDT
U.S. Rear Adm. Garry Hall, left, shakes hands Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, with Commodore Allan du Toit of the Royal Australian Navy, center, at a change of command ceremony at the U.S. Navy base in Juffair,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – An American sailor shot and killed two female sailors on an American military base in Bahrain early today, then turned the gun on himself. A State Department official told the AP the incident, which the shooter survived, may have been a consequence of a love triangle. The Navy said in a statement that "the extent of their relationships and the details of the shootings are still under investigation."

The shooter, whose name was not released, is in critical condition and under heavy security at a military hospital. The base was closed for an hour following the shootings, which were initially described only as not terror related. "It would not be prudent to discuss details at this time," said a spokesman. (Read more Bahrain stories.)