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Deadly shooting at Pensacola naval base
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said that the suspect in the naval station shooting used a handgun in today’s attack.
Morgan would not confirm other information about the shooter including his name or whether a room on campus was raided as part of the ongoing investigation.
Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly released a statement about the two separate shootings that have occurred at naval bases this week.
Modly’s statement addresses today’s fatal shooting in Pensacola, Florida, as well as Wednesday’s shooting on the Pearl Harbor naval shipyard in Hawaii as well as an incident in Little Creek, Virginia.
“These acts are crimes against all of us,” Modly said in the statement.
Read the full statement below:
“Our entire Navy and Marine Corps team is struck and deeply saddened by the attacks within our own naval family over the past several days, at Little Creek, Virginia last week, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Wednesday, and today in Pensacola, Florida. These acts are crimes against all of us. Our prayers are with the families of the fallen and with the wounded. It is our solemn duty to find the causes of such tragic loss and ceaselessly work together to prevent them. Let us make concerted efforts to care for the families of those lost, and those wounded, visibly and not. Let us shepherd them through these first moments of despair, and make them, and our greater Naval family, whole and strong. “
The suspected gunman in today’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida was in aviation training, Capt. Tim Kinsella said at a news conference.
About the shooter: Five US defense officials and another person familiar with the investigation told CNN a member of the Saudi military training at US Naval Air Station in Pensacola is the suspected shooter in today’s incident.
At least four people were killed, including the suspected gunman, in the shooting.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said there is going to be a lengthy investigation following today’s shooting.
“You can be proud of your community, and you can be proud of your Navy,” he said.
“We are in recovery mode right now,” Morgan said.
NAS Pensacola Commanding Officer, Captain Tim Kinsella, said he is “in awe” of the responders during the shooting, saying there was “real heroism” today.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the uniform I wear,” Kinsella said.
Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson said this is a tragic day for the city. “This is a community of great resiliency,” he said. “The city will bounce back and be stronger.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said “this is a dark day for a very great place,” noting he is a Navy veteran.
DeSantis mentioned the suspect’s ties to the Saudi Air Force and said he spoke to the President about this connection.
Authorities are speaking at news conference right now about the shooting.
You can follow along here or watch it live in the video player above.
Some personnel will be allowed to exit the installation via the west gate, according to posts on the Naval Air Station Pensacola social media accounts.
The base is closed until further notice.
All non-essential personnel on the western side of NAS Pensacola main side, including the museum, the airfield, etc, proceed to the west gate to exit the installation. If you are on the east side of the Interior Command Posts on Taylor or Radford, remain sheltered in place.
The FBI has taken over investigation into the shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, according to an FBI spokesperson.
The FBI’s Evidence Response Team has arrived on site and has begun processing the scene, a law enforcement source told CNN.
What we know about the shooting: A total of four people died in the shooting, including the shooter, who has not been identified. Several other people were injured.
Two deputies from Escambia County Sheriff’s Office “negated” the shooter, according to the sheriff. One was shot in the knee and the other in the shoulder, but both are expected to make a full recovery.
A member of the Saudi military training at US Naval Air Station in Pensacola is the suspected shooter in today’s incident, according to five US defense officials and another person familiar with the investigation.
The investigators are looking into whether it was terror-related, but it is early in the probe.
CNN has reached out to the Saudi embassy in the US and has not heard back.
The fatal shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida this morning is the second shooting at an American naval base this week.
On Wednesday, a US sailor killed two civilians and himself at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii.
Investigators have yet to identify motives in either shooting.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office will hold another news conference about the shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida at 1 p.m. ET.
Officials just wrapped up a news conference about the shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, this morning.
Here’s what we know so far:
- The timeline: Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said officers received notice that there was an active shooter at 6:51 a.m. local time.
- 3 people and the shooter were killed: A total of four people died in the shooting, including the shooter, who has not been identified.
- 11 people were shot: Officials said a total of eleven people were shot. Eight of them were transported to a local hospital, where one of them died.
- Deputies engaged the shooter: Two deputies from Escambia County Sheriff’s Office “negated” the shooter, according to the sheriff. One was shot in the knee and the other in the shoulder, but both are expected to make a full recovery.
What we don’t know: It’s still unclear if the shooter was military personnel. Officials have also declined to answer questions about the weapons used by the shooting and the specific building in which the shooting took place.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said they received the call about the active shooter at 7:51 a.m. ET.
The sheriff said they are in the middle of the investigation, and cannot provide much information. However, he said, “walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie.”
The two officers who negated the threat are in the local hospital, both shot in the limbs. They’re expected to recover.
“We do have several deceased and several wounded,” Commanding Officer Captain Tim Kinsella at NAS Pensacola said.
The active shooter has been neutralized. The base is shut down until further notice.
Mayor of Pensacola, Grover Robinson called it a “tragic day” for the city of Pensacola, “We are a military town.” The mayor asked residents to stay away from that side of town.
A total of 11 people were shot this morning at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola.
Four of those are deceased, one of whom was the shooter, Escambia County’s Chief Chip Simmons said.
Eight people were transported to a local hospital, where one of the injured died.
There are currently three others inside the building who are deceased.
Commanding Officer Captain Tim Kinsella at NAS Pensacola said the shooting happened in a classroom building.
David Morgan, sheriff of Escambia County, said two deputies engaged the shooter, and “It was a member of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office that did negate the threat.”
The two officers were shot during the exchange with the gunman.
Morgan said that one deputy was shot in the arm and another was shot in the knee. “Both expected to survive,” Morgan said.