Pensacola, Florida, Naval Air Station shooting: what we know

A shooter at the Pensacola, Florida, Naval Air Station killed at least three people and injured seven others on Friday morning, local and federal officials confirmed. Sheriff deputies killed the shooter.

“Our community is secure at this time. We have no reason to believe — or are we looking for — any additional shooters within Escambia County,” Sheriff David Morgan said at a press conference.

This story is still developing. Here’s what we know, and don’t, so far.

What we know

  • Around 6:30 am on Friday, police received calls of a shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, officials said at a press conference.
  • At least four people, including the shooter, were killed and seven others were injured, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said at a press conference. Two deputies are among the injured.
  • Escambia County sheriff deputies killed the shooter, Morgan said.
  • The Pensacola Naval Air Station “employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel,” according to the base’s website. Nearly 60,000 students graduate there each year.

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  • “The base is closed for the remainder of the day,” according to the Pensacola Naval Air Station’s Facebook page. “Only essential personnel will be allowed onto the base.”
  • President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting, CNN reported.
  • “Saddened to hear of the horrible shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola & continuing to monitor the situation,” Vice President Mike Pence said on Twitter. “Praying for the victims & their families & we commend the first responders for their swift action in taking down the shooter & getting those on base to safety.”
  • Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) also responded on Twitter, saying they’re watching the situation and praying for the victims.
  • The FBI and ATF are responding to the shooting, along with local law enforcement.
  • Before Friday, there were 390 mass shootings in 2019, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The group defines a mass shooting as incidents in which four or more people, excluding the shooter, were injured but not necessarily killed in a similar time and place.
  • On Wednesday, a Navy sailor shot three people and killed himself in Pearl Harbor.

What we don’t know

  • The shooter’s identity
  • The shooter’s motive
  • The victims’ identities

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