(Grand Forks, N.D.) — Two U.S. Air Force, active-duty airmen, died by gunshot wounds at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, early Monday morning at approximately 4:30 a.m. Senior leadership at the base has stated that the shooting was most likely an isolated incident, and other military personnel on the installation are not at risk.
The two airmen were both assigned to the 319th Air Reconnaissance Wing. The Air Force is currently withholding name and unit information to inform family members and next-of-kin. The Air Force will be conducting a formal investigation into the shootings.
Staff Sgt. Elijaih Tiggs, a spokesman for the wing, stated that “no further releasable information” was available regarding the deaths of the two airmen.
Grand Forks Air Force Base is a military installation that specializes in unmanned aircraft and has an assignment of over 1600 military service members. The base formerly maintained and flew B-52 bombers, KC-135 tankers, and housed Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles during the Cold War conflict. Base realignment (BRAC) in May 2005 ended these flight missions for Grand Forks Air Force Base.