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Traffic moves through a gate at Norfolk Naval Base on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Norfolk. Operations have returned to normal after shooting Monday night on the destroyer Mahan, leaving a civilian and a sailor dead. (Vicki Cronis-Nohe | The Virginian-Pilot)
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Additional screening has been added for all delivery drivers presenting a Transportation Worker Identification Credential, following the fatal shootings at Norfolk Naval Station a week ago.
Before someone is granted access, the National Crime Information Center database will be checked for any criminal history or outstanding warrants that are grounds for denial, according to a news release from the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic public affairs office.
These standards differ in some respects to TWIC eligibility criteria, the news release said. This includes felony convictions within the last 10 years and misdemeanor convictions in the last five years for crimes of violence, larceny, drugs, sex offenses and habitual offenders.
The additional screening at the Mid-Atlantic installations was added sometime last week.
Prior to the fatal shootings, drivers with the Department of Homeland Security’s TWIC card were not subject to the additional screening. The change is to ensure that all denial criteria are applied consistently to those seeking access to the base, the news release said.
Additionally, random security measures will continue at entry points and the commanding officer has the authority and flexibility to implement increased measure at any time.
On March 24, Jeffrey Tyrone Savage flashed a valid transportation worker credential to drive his 2002 Freightliner cab onto Norfolk Naval Station around 11 p.m. He used the same card to walk through another security checkpoint at Pier 1 before climbing aboard the guided missile destroyer Mahan.
On the quarterdeck, he stripped a gun from the petty officer of the watch. Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo, a base security guard who was patrolling nearby, saw the struggle and rushed to intervene. Mayo, 24, was shot while pushing the guard to the ground in an effort to protect her. Mayo and other naval security forces returned fire, killing Savage.
The investigation into the shooting continues.