Suspect dead after shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola


The suspect was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies, it was reported. During the news conference, they said they did not want to comment on the identity of the shooter, including whether he or she had business on the base. He added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is working with a number of other agencies to investigate.

"A large number of Saudi graduates of the Naval Air Station in Pensacola moved on to serve with their USA counterparts in battlefronts around the world, helping to safeguard the regional and global security". Base commander Capt. Timothy Kinsella Jr. says the base will remain closed until further notice. He added that the air station now has "a couple hundred" worldwide students on its campus.

The official Saudi news agency, SPA, reported that Salman directed the kingdom's security forces to cooperate with their American counterparts to uncover the "circumstances of this regrettable incident".

Investigators are looking into whether the shooting was terror-related as a possible motive, but it's still early in the investigation. And in October, Defense Secretary Mark Esper visited Prince Sultan Air Base to see one of the batteries and talk about efforts to get other allies to contribute to the defense of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region to counter threats from Iran.

Police received their first call about the shooting shortly before 7:00 am (1200 GMT), Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said. On Friday, there was an active shooter at the Florida air station, causing at least two deaths and multiple injuries.

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'Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie, ' he revealed.

The student, who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy, was a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force, said two United States officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose information that had not yet been made public. Tell the kids I love them.

"We are aware of reports of a possible active shooter at Naval Air Station Pensacola", the Navy wrote on its Twitter account.

In total, eight people were taken to Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, one of whom later died.

Within an hour of the first public alert, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said, "The shooter is confirmed dead".