Gunman and three victims are killed and seven others injured after a man opened fire inside classroom at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida
The shooter, Mohammed Sayeed al Shamrani, was a Saudi national in the US for training, authorities said
Shooting took place in the classroom building on base early Friday morning, sparking a lockdown
Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Naval Air Station and confronted the gunman, resulting in his death
Three other people were shot and killed during incident inside classroom building on base while a nearby hospital received total of eight patients, one of whom later died
Two deputies who engaged gunman were shot but are expected to recover
‘Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie,’ Sheriff David Morgan told reporters
The shooting comes just two days after a similar attack at Pearl Harbor left three dead, including the shooter
He was shot by two Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies, who suffered injuries during the exchange.
Three of the fatally injured people were pronounced dead at the scene and the fourth passed away at the hospital.
A Facebook message from NAS Pensacola this morning confirmed an active shooter situation
One of the officers suffered a gunshot wound to the arm, while the other was shot in the knee and will require surgery.
Morgan said both deputies are expected to recover.
In total, eight people were taken to Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, one of whom later died.
Law enforcement and US Navy officials declined to release any information concerning the identities of the shooter and the victims pending the notification of next of kin.
Sheriff Morgan said the crime scene was spread over two floors, which were left littered with spent shell casings.
‘Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie,’ he revealed.
St. John’s Catholic School, located directly outside the air station, has been placed on lockdown as a precaution.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said in a tweet his office is monitoring the situation in Pensacola and is offering full support to law enforcement.
NAS Pensacola [photo], employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to its website.
One of the Navy’s most historic and storied bases, it sprawls along the waterfront southwest of downtown Pensacola and dominates the economy of the surrounding area.
It’s home to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team, and includes the National Naval Aviation Museum, a popular regional tourist attraction.
Naval Air Station Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel. It was the nation’s first naval air station and is the home of the popular Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron and the National Naval Aviation Museum, making it a popular tourist destination. It is also the headquarters of the Naval Education Training Command.
A nearby hospital accepted a total of eight patients injured in the shootout, one of whom later died
The shooting in Pensacola comes less than 48 hours after an active duty US sailor opened fire at Pearl Harbor’s naval shipyard in Hawaii, killing two civilian workers and injuring a third, before taking his own life.
Leave a Reply