Shooting at Pensacola, Florida, naval base, suspect dead, police say

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2019

Earlier, the Associated Press reported, citing an anonymous United States official that the suspected shooter was identified as a Saudi aviation student, adding that the authorities were investigating whether the attack at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida was linked to terrorism.

Escambia County Commissioner Jeff Bergosh, who works at the Naval Air Station as a civilian contractor, told the Pensacola News Journal he was in line to go through the gate Friday morning when it was shut down due to the active shooter report.

Little information was immediately available about the incident at the military facility in Florida.

The assault was the second at a US Navy base this week and prompted a massive law enforcement response and a lockdown at the base.

The sheriff said the shooter, whose name wasn't released, used a handgun.

"Praying for the victims & their families & we commend the first responders for their swift action in taking down the shooter & getting those on base to safety".

The FBI, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were leading the investigation into the shooting.

The shooter was a Saudi national in the US for flight training, two law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation told ABC News.

US President Donald Trump has tweeted about the shooting.

Other than the four who died, several other people were wounded at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

One was shot in the knee by the shooter and the other was shot in the shoulder, and both are expected to make a full recovery, according to CNN.

Baptist Health Care said it had admitted eight patients from the shooting but could not yet report on their conditions. "I just want you to know there's an active shooter on base'".

Naval Air Station Pensacola, which hosts 16,000 military personnel and more than 7,000 civilians, is known as the "cradle of Naval aviation". He said none of his clients was among those shot.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the shooter was a Saudi national attending training at the base as part of long-standing Navy program open to USA allies.

A U.S. sailor shot dead two workers at the Pearl Harbor military base in Hawaii on Wednesday.

The base is home is home to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team, and includes the National Naval Aviation Museum, a popular regional tourist attraction.

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