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The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO expresses its condolences at the passing of two Metal Trades unionists (both members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees) who were fatally shot while working at the Pearl Harbor Joint Naval Base on Wednesday.

A third victim is recovering from his wounds. All three are members of the Hawaii Federal Employees Metal Trades Council. News accounts from the scene reported the assailant then killed himself.

The following statement was issued by Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO:

It is with great sadness that the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO announce that three members of the Hawaii Federal Employees Metal Trades Council (HFEMTC) were victims of [Wednesday’s] shooting at the Pearl Harbor Joint Naval Base.

 Sadly, two of the victims succumbed to their injuries. Both individuals who were killed were members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees, a HFEMTC affiliated union.

 Our thoughts and prayers for strength and aloha are with the families and friends of the victims, said Metal Trades Department President James Hart. Our Hawaii Metal Trades Council is a tight knit community. The repercussions of this senseless tragedy will surely be felt for a long time to come. May God bless the victims and their families and provide comfort to our union brothers and sisters at this difficult time.

 Federal workers are the backbone of our country. They deserve to be safe at work.