Report: Pensacola Gunman Was A Saudi Military Pilot Training In The U.S.
The gunman who opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday, leaving three dead and several others wounded, was a pilot from Saudi Arabia training in the U.S., according to a senior U.S. official.
The Washington Post reported that authorities have remained tight-lipped about the shooting, which ended when Florida sheriff’s deputies shot and killed the gunman. The shooter’s identity has not been made public, not the type of weapon used in the incident.
Lt. Cmdr. Megan Isaac, a Navy spokeswoman, said it is unclear at present how many of the victims were military members or civilians. Two of the injured were Escambia County sheriff’s deputies, both of whom are expected to survive.
The active shooter situation, taking place inside an air station classroom, was first reported at 6:51 a.m., resulting in a lockdown and massive law enforcement response, The Post reported. About an hour later, the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook that the incident was over and the shooter was dead.
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis tweeted that Florida’s emergency management agency had sent an official “to coordinate mental health resources for families impacted by this tragic shooting.”
President Donald Trump also tweeted about the shooting, writing, “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.”