Navy: Sailor dies after gunshot aboard USS Essex

Name of sailor not released

SAN DIEGO - The Navy says a sailor has died at a hospital after being discovered with a gunshot wound aboard a San Diego-based ship.
 
Navy spokesman Rick Chernitzer says the 19-year-old woman was found shot aboard the Amphibious Assault Ship Essex and taken Thursday to the trauma center at the University of California, San Diego where she was pronounced dead.
 
Chernitzer says an investigation is being conducted, and the woman's name has not been released because relatives had not been notified.
 
He said in a statement that the Navy was saddened by the loss of its sailor and extended condolences to her family.

Sources tell 10News that the sailor's death was a suicide, but the Navy has not confirmed the information.

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