Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

US Sailor Kills Two In Pearl Harbor Shooting

The shooter later took his own life.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

Three people have died in the United States after a sailor opened fire at a naval base at Pearl Harbor.

Two out of three who were shot have died - the third has been taken to hospital.

The shooter later took his own life.

The victims have been confirmed as civilians, with Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam stating the hospitalised individual is in a stable condition.

The sailor who carried out the shootings was assigned to the fast-attack submarine USS Columbia, which is at the base for maintenance.

Reports of the incident came to light in the early hours of the morning, with the US base going into temporary lockdown at 14:30 local time. 

The base reopened a few hours later, with witnesses still being interviewed hours after the shooting.

Rear Admiral Robert Chadwick, Commander of Navy Region Hawaii, said the service would evaluate whether security would need to be upgraded at the base.

This week, the site is due to host an annual ceremony in honour of the 2,300 Americans killed in the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing.

"We have no indication yet whether they were targeted or if it was a random shooting," he said.

Officials say the names of the victims will not be released until the next of kin have been notified.