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Three Dead, Several Injured in Shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. — For the second time this week, a deadly shooting unfolded at a US Navy base Friday when a gunman killed at least three people and injured several others at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

The suspected shooter, who was also killed, was a member of the Saudi Arabian military training at the station, according to five US defense officials and another person familiar with the investigation.

Investigators are looking into whether the shooting was terror-related as a possible motive, but it’s still early in the investigation.

CNN has reached out to the Saudi Embassy in the US and has not heard back.

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President Donald Trump has spoken with the King of Saudi Arabia about the shooting, he said on Twitter.

“The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people,” the president said.

In a news conference Friday afternoon, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned the connection to the Saudi Air Force and said that he had spoken to Trump about it.

“There’s obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a part of the Saudi Air Force and then to be here training on our soil,” he said.

“Obviously,” DeSantis added, “the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims.”

Two deputies who confronted the shooter were injured

The shooter used a handgun and was killed after two deputies exchanged gunfire with him, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan told reporters.

The FBI has taken over the investigation, according to an FBI spokeswoman.

Eight people were taken to Baptist Health Care, including one who died, said Chief Deputy Chip Simmons. The deputies who confronted the shooter also suffered gunshot wounds — one in the arm and one in the knee. Both are expected to survive.

The shooting occurred in a classroom building, Commanding Officer of NAS Pensacola Capt. Tim Kinsella said. The base will remain on lockdown until further notice, he said.

The names of the victims are not being released until authorities notify their families.

Walking through the scene “was like being on the set of a movie,” Morgan said.

“This doesn’t happen in Escambia County. It doesn’t happen in Pensacola. It doesn’t happen to our friends and neighbors who are members of the US Navy,” Morgan said. “But it did, and it has.”

The shooting comes just two days after an active duty US sailor, Gabriel Romero, killed two civilian employees and injured another before killing himself at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii. Investigators have not announced a motive for the Wednesday shooting.

White House monitoring Pensacola shooting

The White House and the governor’s office reached out to local authorities to offer assistance, Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson said.

Naval Air Station Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to the base’s website. Many families also live there, said retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, CNN’s military and diplomatic analyst, who was once stationed there.

“They love the base there,” Kirby said of the sailors. “It’s a great relationship between the people of Pensacola and the Navy and the base there. It’s a terrific Navy town.”

FBI personnel from Pensacola, Jacksonville and Mobile, Alabama, are responding to the station, an FBI spokeswoman said. Multiple agencies are cooperating on the investigation, including local law enforcement and Naval Criminal Investigative Services.

29 comments

  • Mopar Driver (@RustyMopars)

    Why are Armed Saudi’s terrorists being trained and housed by our military base? I would put the others either in Guantanamo as combatants or jailed for life and then the military genius who fostered this needs to become a private in charge of laundry if he can handle even that..

    • John Koch

      I’m not allowed to hate trigger happy corrupt police but you’re a racist and that’s cool? You’re a POS!

      • Bob Stevens

        1) Islam is a religion, Muslim are followers of the religion, so not racism. 2) your rhetoric is highly anti-all cops. As on the last major ranting, it was a justified shoot. Didn’t get shot being an innocent man, he got shot from holding a hostage, stealing a cruiser and attempting to run an officer over, plus though not part of justification law, being a pedo.

  • peach671

    Another radical islamic muslim extremist lowlife terrorist scumbag. Along with the illegal criminal alien scum, deport or execute these radical islamic muslim extremist lowlife terrorist scumbags.

  • Corporate media basher

    2 things, this will be out of news cycle in 18 hours because it wasn’t wh. Ite guy with an a… r,,,,1. 5 and let’s see the video, cameras everywhere, without seeing that this is not what they say. Innocent people may be de…ad due to the controllers age…NDA

  • peach671

    Typical hypocritical and intolerant liberal tyrant behavior by another leftist suffering from Trump derangement syndrome. REELECT 45 AND CONTINUE TO THRIVE!

    • yabbadabbadude

      That means this story will be out of the news cycle by the end of tomorrow. A white Christian shooter, not so much.

  • yabbadabbadude

    The bolshevik media has the whole country riled up and in a state of despair. As history proves, they hate to do their own heavy lifting.

    • yabbadabbadude

      Correction: Make that just the bolsheviks. Take notice who’s leading the charge against President Trump.

  • JIMBRONY

    Darn shame that innocent Americans have to die for a distraction from the failed Democrat impeachment coup.

  • Bob Stevens

    Looks like the deep state is activating lower level assets… they are desperate to distract from the train wreck of an impeachment coup. 2 military bases in less than a week right after getting wrecked by that constitutional lawyer. Sure

  • natem250

    America! A country where the government doesn’t care that people are getting shot in the streets. And where people care more about their guns than the lives of their neighbors.

    • Lisa Marshinski

      Actually, the majority of Americans HAVE guns to protect themselves AND their neighbors. It’s the propaganda on the boob tube that makes you think otherwise to push their agenda of disarmament of the citizenry so they, our tyranical gov’t, can have total control over you.

    • Corporate media basher

      The gun is an object it doesn’t hop off shelf and start shooting, the person has issues , if it weren’t gun it would be an axe or a hammer + we don’t know if this is even legit, when its the clown news network reporting there is more to it, this is the agenda.

    • Corporate media basher

      I believe the number is 120,000 Americans died last year from taking their prescription medicine as perscribed….. yeah!

    • JIMBRONY

      America! A country where people care more about aborting over 1,000 babies a day, and kil.ling over 25 people a day due to drunk driving.

      People care more about getting drunk and sexual promiscuity than they do about human lives.

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