Active shooter situation at NAS Pensacola

Active shooter situation at NAS Pensacola

Active shooter situation at NAS Pensacola

King Salman also extended the Kingdom's full support to the United States and directed the Saudi security services to cooperate with the relevant USA agencies to help them determine the cause of this horrific crime, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

In a statement released on its social page, the naval base had earlier stated that, "both gates of NASP are now secured due to reports of an active shooter".

We will continue to update this story when more information is made available.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office confirmed an active shooter investigation but did not immediately provide additional detail.

The alarm was raised at about 7 a.m. local time, and a sheriff's deputy shot the assailant dead just a few minutes later. Andrew Hobbs, a spokesman with the sheriff's office.

Officials have confirmed that the attacker was a Saudi officer who was being trained at NAS Pensacola, but did not want to confirm the name circulated by several news outlets.

The assault, which left eight others injured, was the second at a U.S. Navy base this week and prompted a massive law enforcement response and base lockdown.

Legislators offered their prayers and support to the base.

Rep. Matt Gaetz said in a video on Twitter that he was "deeply saddened" by Friday morning's shootings.

The suspect has been identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, NBC News reports. Megan Isaac said in a statement.

The suspected shooter was Second Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, according to two US officials familiar with the case who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Khashoggi, long a royal court insider, had been in self-imposed exile in the USA while writing critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the oil-rich nation's King Salman.

The identities of the Pearl Harbor shooter and the Pensacola shooter have not been released.

The student, who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy, was a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force, said two USA officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose information that had not yet been made public. Among those who were trained at the Florida base were John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, and Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

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