Florida Naval Air Station shooter probed for terrorism links
A US official has identified the shooter at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida as a Saudi Arabian aviation student, with authorities investigating whether the attack was terrorism-related.
The shooting in a classroom building at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola on Friday morning (local time) was the second at a US Navy base this week.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan says 11 people were shot in Friday's attack, four of whom died, including the shooter.
The shooting prompted a massive law enforcement response and a lockdown at the base.
Two sheriff's deputies are among the injured. They were the first to respond, with one of them killing the shooter, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said.
One of the deputies was shot in the arm and the other in the knee, and both were expected to recover, he said.
Sheriff Morgan would not say if the shooter belonged to the military and said he did not want to speculate on whether the shooting was terrorism-related.
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.
NAS Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to its website. One of the Navy's most historic and storied bases, it sprawls along the waterfront southwest of downtown Pensacola and dominates the economy of the surrounding area.
It's home to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team, and includes the National Naval Aviation Museum, a popular regional tourist attraction.
Escambia County Commissioner Jeff Bergosh, who works at the Naval Air Station as a civilian contractor, told the Pensacola News Journal he was in line to go through the gate Friday morning when it was shut down due to the active shooter report.
"There's probably been 100 or so various law enforcement vehicles zooming down the wrong side on Navy Boulevard," Mr Bergosh told the newspaper.
"There's been ambulances, fire trucks. It's my understanding there's multiple causalities."
The shooting is the second at a US naval base this week. A sailor whose submarine was docked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, opened fire on three civilian employees Wednesday, killing two before taking his own life.