Shooting at Grand Forks Air Force Base – Two Airmen Dead
Two airmen are dead after a shooting incident early Monday morning at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. The incident occurred one base at one of the dorms that was set for first term, unaccompanied airmen, according to Staff Sgt. Elijaih Tiggs, Base Spokesman.
UPDATE: The two victims were listed as Airman 1st Class Julian Carlos Torres, 20, and Airman 1st Class Natasha Raye Aposhian, 21. Her parents stated that she was the vicitm of domestic violence. (Stripes)
The base is located in Northeastern North Dakota, 16 miles west of the city of Grand Forks. It is home to the 319th Reconnaissance Wing, which is attached to the Air Combat Command.
The Base posted on Facebook:
“Fatal shooting occurs at Grand Forks Air Force Base
GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — A shooting incident at approximately 4:30 a.m. today has left two 319th Reconnaissance Wing active duty military members dead.
Base emergency services responded to the scene, have it contained and believe there is currently no risk to other personnel at this time. This incident is under investigation. Out of respect for their families, the names and units of the victims will be withheld until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification. We ask for the time and space needed to make these proper notifications through official channels.
Base medical teams have deployed disaster mental health to care for those impacted.”
Grand Forks Air Force Base conducts intelligence and other missions. Military.com reported,
The 319th executes intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, including those that support Customs and Border Patrol.
The CBP operates the “MQ-9 Predator B aircraft out of Grand Forks and provides high-quality streaming video to first responders,” according to the wing’s fact sheet. The CBP’s drone is unarmed. The wing also assists in the 69th Reconnaissance Group’s RQ-4 Global Hawk operational mission.
The investigation is ongoing. No other details to the incident were available at this time other than to say there was no further danger to personnel at the Air Force Base. We will update this story when more information is available.
Featured photo: Screenshot via Grand Forks Herald