PENSACOLA, Florida – A Saudi national was killed after he opened fire with a handgun at Naval Air Station Pensacola In Florida around 6:30 a.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019.
Three victims were killed in addition to the shooter, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan confirmed at a press conference this morning.
Eight additional people where injured, including two Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies who engaged the shooter. One deputy was shot in the arm and the other was shot in the knee.
According to Navy Capt. Timothy F. Kinsella Jr., a few hundred foreign nationals train on base at the Naval Air Station, including the shooter from Saudi Arabia.
“King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida,” U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted.
“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 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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2019
This is the second shooting at a U.S. military facility in a week. The other shooting occurred at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii on Wednesday.
NAS Pensacola, situated in Escambia County, employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel.
This includes major tenant commands: Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Technical Training Center, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 and 23, the Blue Angels, and the headquarters for Naval Education Training Command, a command which combines direction and control of all Navy education and training.