Suspect in deadly shooting at Florida naval base was reportedly a Saudi pilot in the US for training

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Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. US Navy

Source: Business Insider, Ryan Pickrell, December 6, 2019

  • The suspect in a deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida on Friday is reportedly a foreign national who was in the US for training.
  • Citing law-enforcement officials, NBC first reported that the suspect was a foreign national.
  • The Associated Press cited a US official as saying the suspect was a Saudi aviation student.
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The suspect in the deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola on the Florida Panhandle on Friday was reportedly a foreign national, specifically a member of Saudi Arabia’s military.

The suspect in the shooting, who killed three and injured seven, was described as a “foreign national who was here in the United States for training” by NBC’s Pete Williams, who cited law enforcement officials. The suspect was said to have come from a Middle Eastern country.

Citing a US official, The Associated Press then reported that the suspect was a Saudi aviation student, adding that authorities were investigating whether the shooting at the base was terrorism-related.

The Washington Post, citing a US official, also reported that the “gunman was a military pilot from Saudi Arabia training in the United States.” The New York Times reported that the suspect was a member of the Saudi Air Force.

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday afternoon that King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud called to express his condolences.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1203030938663428103

The shooting began just before 7 a.m. CT and lasted about an hour, until local law-enforcement officers fatally shot the shooter.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has reported that two people were killed in the shooting and that one died at a local hospital. Seven others, including two responding officers, were injured.

The shooting came on the heels of Wednesday’s deadly shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, where a Navy sailor shot and killed two shipyard workers and wounded another before taking his own life.