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Stabbing at Va. Navy facility prompts lockdown, search for suspect

Portsmouth (Portsmouth, Virginia)Hampton Roads
Serviceman injured in knife attack at Portsmouth, Va., Navy installation.

A Navy facility in Virginia was on lockdown Friday as officials searched room by room for a suspect wanted in connection with a stabbing at a base parking lot, officials said.

The Navy identified the suspect as Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Harwell, who is believed to have stabbed another serviceman in the parking lot outside a mini-mart at the base, acting public affairs officer Rebecca Perron told the Los Angeles Times.

The victim was taken to surgery and was listed in critical condition, she said.

The installation is home to the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Patients and staff have been told to shelter in place while authorities search for the suspect, Perron said.

It is not known what precipitated the confrontation about 8:30 a.m. EDT at the store, formally known as the Navy Exchange at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Perron said.

Harwell described by authorities as a 26-year-old white male who stands 5-foot-8 and has blond hair.

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