Three dead in shooting at naval base in Florida

At least three killed in shooting at naval base in Pensacola. Shooter was Saudi student, terror motive investigated.

Arutz Sheva North America Staff, | updated: 22:40

Main gate at Naval Air Station Pensacola
Main gate at Naval Air Station Pensacola
Reuters

At least three people were killed and multiple others were injured in a shooting at a naval base in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday morning, the US Navy said.

The shooter at Naval Air Station Pensacola has been confirmed dead, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office and the Navy said.

"Active shooter is deceased. One additional fatality has been confirmed. Unknown number of injured people being transferred to local hospitals," said a Navy tweet.

A spokeswoman with nearby Baptist Health Care said the hospital had received five patients.

A US official said on Friday afternoon that the shooting suspect was an aviation student from Saudi Arabia. Authorities are investigating if the shooting was terrorism-related, according to The Associated Press.

President Donald Trump was updated on the shooting.

“Just received a full briefing on the tragic shooting at NAS Pensacola in Florida, and spoke to Gov. Ron DeSantis. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. We are continuing to monitor the situation as the investigation is ongoing,” he tweeted.

The shooting is the second such incident at a US military facility this week. On Wednesday, a US sailor shot dead two civilian Defense Department employees and wounded a third at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii before killing himself.

Naval Air Station Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)




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