Three active duty military members have died in a double homicide and suicide.
Two female Navy sailors were fatally shot by another sailor from Camp Lejeune late Saturday night in what officials are calling a tragic double murder-suicide.
Hospitalman Shianne Soles, 19, from Veradale, Washington, and Hospitalman Meaghan Burns, 23, from South Deerfield, Massachusetts, were found shot to death outside of a gas station and convenience store in Portsmouth late Saturday night. Both were active duty military. They were stationed at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, a mile and a half away from where they were killed.
According to a media release from Portsmouth Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Misty Holley, the shooting took place at about 11:22 pm late Saturday evening. The two women were shot in the parking lot between the convenience store and the gas pumps at a 7-Eleven on the corner of Effingham and Lincoln streets.
“When officers arrived, they found two adult females suffering from injuries to their torsos,” Holley also said in the release.
Shooter Found Dead at the Scene
The shooter has been identified as Donavon Moora, 22, of New York. Moora enlisted in November of 2017 and was stationed at Field Medical Training Battalion East in Camp Lejeune, according to Ed Gulick, a Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery spokesman. Camp Lejeune is located in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Police found Donavon Moora inside of a vehicle in the parking lot of the Dollar General next door. He was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Moora’s Motive is Currently Unknown
Any motives of the shooting and other circumstances surrounding it are unknown at this point. The exact relationship between the three sailors has not been disclosed.
The Portsmouth police department, with assistance from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, is investigating the shooting.
“Mental health professionals and chaplains are at each location to assist anyone dealing with the grief and difficult nature of this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and shipmates during this difficult time.” Gulick wrote.
Statements From the Victims’ Families
“Meaghan was the innocent victim of senseless gun violence while trying to help a friend. Meggy was a free spirit, a fierce and loyal friend and loving daughter and sister. She will be missed by many and loved forever,” Meaghan Burns’ family wrote in her obituary.
“There are no words that can describe the pain we feel or the pain that we see within our support group around us,” Shianne Soles’ family wrote.