Pensacola, Florida, Naval Air Station shooting: what we know

A shooter on the Pensacola, Florida, Naval Air Station killed not less than three individuals and injured eight others on Friday morning, native and federal officers confirmed. Sheriff deputies killed the shooter.

“Our group is safe presently. We’ve no motive to imagine — or are we searching for — any extra shooters inside Escambia County,” Sheriff David Morgan mentioned at a press convention.

This story remains to be growing. Right here’s what we all know, and don’t, to date.

What we all know

  • Round 6:50 am native time on Friday, police obtained calls of a taking pictures on the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, officers mentioned at a press convention.
  • Not less than 4 individuals, together with the shooter, had been killed and eight others had been injured, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan mentioned at a press convention. Two deputies had been among the many injured.
  • Escambia County sheriff deputies killed the shooter, who used a handgun, officers mentioned at a press convention.
  • A Saudi aviation pupil and member of the Royal Saudi Air Drive named Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani is the suspect within the taking pictures, in keeping with officers.
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) mentioned at a Friday press convention, “The federal government of Saudi Arabia must make issues higher for these victims, and I believe that they’re going to owe a debt right here, provided that this was certainly one of their people.”
  • College students from different accomplice international locations, together with Saudi Arabia, will typically prepare on the base, officers mentioned at a press convention.
  • The Pensacola Naval Air Station “employs greater than 16,000 army and seven,400 civilian personnel,” in keeping with the bottom’s web site. Almost 60,000 college students graduate there every year.

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  • “Simply obtained a full briefing on the tragic taking pictures at NAS Pensacola in Florida, and spoke to @GovRonDeSantis,” President Donald Trump said on Twitter Friday. “My ideas and prayers are with the victims and their households throughout this tough time. We’re persevering with to watch the scenario because the investigation is ongoing.”
  • Vice President Mike Pence and Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) additionally responded on Twitter, saying they’re watching the scenario and praying for the victims.
  • A number of GOP Florida elected officers, together with US Rep. Matt Gaetz and Sen. Rick Scott each referred to as the taking pictures an act of terrorism, however authorities have mentioned it’s too early to determine the gunman’s motive.
  • The FBI has taken over the investigation, an FBI spokesperson advised CNN. Six different Saudi nationals had been detained for questioning close to the scene of the taking pictures.
  • Earlier than Friday, there have been 390 mass shootings in 2019, in keeping with the Gun Violence Archive. The group defines a mass taking pictures as incidents by which 4 or extra individuals, excluding the shooter, had been injured however not essentially killed in an identical time and place.
  • On Wednesday, a Navy sailor shot three individuals and killed himself in Pearl Harbor.
  • The Navy recognized these killed as: 19-year-old Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 21-year-old Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters; and 23-year-old Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson. A Navy spokesperson mentioned all three “saved lives” and that they died attempting to cease the gunman.

What we don’t know