A Saudi national opened fire this morning at a Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. The attack, which happened in a classroom building on Friday morning, left four dead and multiple people wounded.
Eleven people were shot all together, including two sheriff’s deputies who were the first to respond to the situation, one of whom killed the shooter Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said. One of the deputies was shot in the arm and the other in the knee, and both were expected to recover, he said.
Commanding base officer Capt. Timothy Kinsella Jr. would not say if the shooter belonged to the military and said he did not want to speculate on whether the shooting was terrorism-related.
But according to law enforcement sources, the shooter was a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani who was in the United States for training .
We’re learning a Saudi Arabian military member in Pensacola committed these murders.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 6, 2019
I’m working with the @DeptofDefense, @StateDept, and @DHSgov to ensure there’s extreme vetting for people who come to our country and train on our bases. pic.twitter.com/LUhSE6UAHO
Authorities are reportedly investigating whether the incident was related to terrorism. The FBI has taken over the investigation into the shooting, according to a spokeswoman for the Bureau.
Just received a full briefing on the tragic shooting at NAS Pensacola in Florida, and spoke to @GovRonDeSantis. 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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2019
This is the second shooting at a U.S. Navy base this week, following an incident Wednesday at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard when a U.S. sailor fatally shot two civilian employees.