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Two Coast Guard members shot in AK

Two members of the United States Coast Guard were shot to death at an air base off the coast of Alaska Thursday.

The deaths led to a lockdown of the base and nearby schools around 8:30 a.m.

The FBI stated that there was no evidence of terrorism or sabotage, but the circumstances surrounding the deaths still remain unknown.

“Since we don’t have all the details, we strongly advise that all Kodiak residents remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement officials,” the base commander, Captain Jesse Moore said.”We are deeply saddened that we lost two shipmates. This is a rare occurrence, and we are going to do everything possible to ensure we find out exactly what happened.”

The identities of the victims are being withheld until the next of kin has been notified. A search for a suspect is also reportedly underway.

The bodies were found at a communications facility three miles from the main base in Kodiak, about 250 miles from Anchorage.
The base is the largest Coast Guard base in the world and acts as a center of operations for search and rescue throughout the Far North.

The communications facility handles radio traffic for those operations and coordinates communications among Coast Guard vessels.