NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A 25-year-old retired Sailor is being evaluated after Navy officials say he gained access to a building at Naval Support Activity in Norfolk Wednesday and acted suspiciously.
Katisha Draughn-Farguada with Naval Support Activity in Norfolk confirmed a security incident at the facility around 3 p.m. There were precautionary gate closings as a result of the incident, but the installation is now operating under normal conditions.
Beth Baker with Naval Station Norfolk said an individual was apprehended inside NSA Hampton Roads by Navy Security and NCIS. Sources told WAVY.com two buildings were evacuated after a backpack was discovered lying in the area next to one of them.
According to Heather Welch with Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs Office, the retired Sailor began acting suspiciously after he gained access to a building on grounds. When security arrived, he communicated a threat.
Welch did not elaborate on the threat.
The Veteran and his belongings and vehicle were searched. At one point, officials pulled a duffel bag out of the vehicle and examined what looked like a prescription bottle.
Baker said nothing of suspicious nature was found; no weapons were discovered. Welch added it was determined the Veteran may need medical care. He was transferred to a civilian medical facility for evaluation.
Baker said the man had a valid ID, one that gives access to any Naval installation. Sources inside Fleet Forces told WAVY.com he may have worked at the facility several years ago.
Farguada said the suspect's actions, once inside the base, "aroused suspicion, leading a concerned employee to contact security."
Baker said the NSA's response was no different than it would normally have been, even after the Washington Navy Yard shooting.
"It's pretty scary, but what can you do," said one civilian contractor after he left the base Wednesday evening.
The contractor told WAVY.com everyone is on edge after Monday's Washington Navy Yard shooting, but he still feels safe at work.
"Things happen everyday that you have no control over," he added. "It doesn't matter where it is."
Precautionary gate closings at the facility initially blocked all incoming traffic. A post on NSA Hampton Roads' Facebook page around 4:45 p.m. said the only way to exit the base was through Mitscher Avenue and the main gate, Gate A.
A post on the Facebook page just after 5 p.m. said the main gate had resumed normal operations, while Gate C remained closed to all inbound and outbound traffic.
Fraguada said the investigation into the incident is on-going, but the suspect has not been charged with a crime.
NSA Hampton Roads has the largest concentration of fleet headquarters administration outside the Washington area. Fleet Forces Command is there as well as the Marine Corps Forces Command and Naval Submarine Forces. About 6,000 people work there.
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