A sailor aboard the USS George Washington in Virginia shot himself last week – the third sailor assigned to a ship to take his life this month, and the seventh this year, according to reports.
Recruited sailor Xavier Hunter Mitchell-Sandor died on April 15 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Virginia’s chief medical examiner, according to the US Navy Institute News.
Naval Criminal Investigation Service officials did not confirm whether Mitchell-Sandor was on duty at the time or whether he used a service weapon. No further details of the incident have been released as the investigation continues.
“NCIS is conducting a thorough investigation to determine the circumstances of MASR Xavier Mitchell-Sandor’s death, just as we have in response to all non-combat, untreated fatalities of Navy personnel,” spokesman Jeff Houston told USNI News. in the statement.
According to the Navy, Mitchell-Sandor was found on board the ship without reaction. He was taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, where he was pronounced dead.
Mitchell-Sandor, who reportedly enlisted in August, was the third soldier assigned to the ship to commit suicide during the week.
The latest incidents aboard the USS George Washington are still under investigation. Jo Jung-ho / Yonhap / REUTERS
Class 3 retail services specialist Mika’il Sharp took his own life on April 9, followed by 3rd class internal communications electrician Natasha Huffman on April 10, according to USNI News.
A fourth sailor died in a suicide in December, the server said. A total of seven sailors assigned to the USS George Washington have died in the last 12 months.
“We can confirm a total of seven deaths of service members assigned to the USS George Washington in the last 12 months – 4 in 2021 and 3 in 2022,” a lieutenant in the Atlantic Navy, Lieutenant Cmdr. Robert Myers told USNI News in a statement.
“The circumstances of these incidents are different and it is premature to make any assumptions because some incidents are still under investigation.”
The carrier is moored in Newport News Shipbuilding for maintenance, in the final phase of a five-year tuning.