BREAKING: NAS Pensacola shooter reported dead after killing three, injuring others

Elizabeth Howe
December 06, 2019 - 8:42 am
Pensacola Shooting

Associated Press

A shooter at Naval Air Station Pensacola was killed by deputies on the installation around 8:50 a.m. after killing three and injuring others including two deputies.

A U.S. official told the Associated Press that the shooter was a Saudi Arabian aviation student — authorities are investigating if the shooting was terrorism-related.

Naval Air Station Pensacola secured both gates this morning at 8:21 a.m. following initial reports of an active shooter. Around 10 a.m., officials announced the base would remain closed for the remainder of the day. 

"Our entire Navy and Marine Corps team is struck and deeply saddened by the attacks within our own naval family over the past several days, at Little Creek, Virginia, last week, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Wednesday, and today in Pensacola, Florida," Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly. "These acts are crimes against all of us." 

According to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, the situation was first reported around 7:15 a.m. The shooting occurred at the Aviation PreFlight Indoctrination building where all Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine aviators have initial classes.

This article will be updated as information becomes available. 

NAS Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel. It is the headquarters for several major tenant commands including the Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Technical Training Center, the Blue Angels, and the headquarters for Naval Education Training Command.