Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

US Naval Air Station shooter was Saudi student

US Naval Air Station shooter was Saudi student

A gunman who shot several people at a USA naval base in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday, killing three, was a Saudi aviation trainee, local officials said. He would not comment on his nationality or possible links to terrorism. Six others were taken to Ascension Sacred Heart, spokesman Mike Burke said.

The base remained closed until further notice and those still on base would remain there until it was safe to evacuate, said commanding officer Capt. Timothy Kinsella Jr.

The White House has contacted the city of Pensacola in Florida to offer assistance after a shooting at a Navy base left four people including the gunman dead, local mayor Grover Robinson told reporters on Friday.

The US Navy is confirming that an active shooter and one other person are dead after gunfire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola.

PHOTO: The USS John F. Kennedy arriving at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, on March 18, 2004.

"Cross training with our allies is something we've done for a long time", he said.

Escambia Sheriff's spokeswoman Amber Southard told The Associated Press that the shooter was killed.

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U.S President Donald Trump said Saudi Arabia's King Salman called him to offer condolences and sympathy to the victims.

There was no immediate report on the shooting carried by Saudi state media.

One of the Navy's most historic and storied bases, it sprawls along the waterfront southwest of downtown Pensacola.

"There is obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a part of the Saudi Air Force and then to be here training on our soil", DeSantis said at a news conference.

The shooting came two days after an sailor opened fire at employed at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard near Honolulu, Hawaii.

The shooting began at approximately 6:30 a.m., with local law enforcement immediately receiving reports of an active shooter on the base.

The Pensacola naval air station hosts 16,000 military personnel and more than 7,000 civilians and is home to a flight demonstration squadron.

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