Pensacola Naval base on lockdown after reports of active shooter

Pensacola Naval base on lockdown after reports of active shooter

We received a statement from the Naval Support Activity Panama City, the Navy Station in Panama City Beach, on the shooting in Pensacola. "But it did and it has", Morgan said during the news conference.

The shooting broke out around 7AM.The base was on lockdown over 45 minutes before the gunman was shot dead.

One Twitter user close to the base reported hearing at least a dozen shots from the centre. Authorities said that an unknown number of people were rushed to local hospitals to be treated for their injuries.

The suspected shooter, who was also killed, was a member of the Saudi Arabian military training at the station, according to five United States defense officials and another person familiar with the investigation. He declined to share any details about the suspected shooter's identity.

King Salman also extended the Kingdom's full support to the United States and directed the Saudi security services to cooperate with the relevant U.S. agencies to help them determine the cause of this horrific crime, the Saudi Press Agency reported. He said he is stuck in traffic gridlock outside the base. Trainees must speak excellent English, the person said.

Khalid bin Salman, the kingdom's vice defence minister, also offered his condolences, tweeting that the "tragic event is strongly condemned by everyone in Saudi Arabia".

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said four people had been killed and that the two sheriff's deputies who were the first to respond, including one who killed the shooter, were wounded but expected to recover.

News outlets were reporting on Friday that 11 people have been taken to area hospitals.

In total, eight people were taken to Baptist Health Care in Pensacola, one of whom later died. Members of the military are usually restricted from carrying deadly weapons around military installations unless their daily duties require it.

The reports come two days after a U.S. Navy sailor shot three people, then killed himself at Pearl Harbor.

The Pensacola base, near Florida's border with Alabama, is a major training site for the Navy and home to its aerobatic flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels.

Jason Bortz, a spokesperson for NAS Pensacola, told reporters that the base's security was notified of an active shooter around 6:45 a.m.

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