Sailor found shot to death on USS Essex

USS EssexSAN DIEGO — An investigation was under way Friday into the death of a 19-year-old sailor who was found with a gunshot wound aboard the San Diego- based USS Essex, Navy officials said.

The sailor was found mortally wounded aboard the amphibious assault ship Thursday morning, according to a Navy statement. She was identified as Airman Apprentice Cynthia Shupe, Navy spokesman Rick Chernitzer told FOX 5 News.

Shupe was taken from the ship to UC San Diego’s trauma center, where she died, Chernitzer said. Investigators confirmed that the fatal wound was self-inflicted, he said.

San Diego is the current homeport of the USS Essex. It sailed out of Sasebo Naval Base in Japan until last year.