The suspected shooter involved in a deadly incident on Friday at a major U.S. Navy base in Florida was believed to be a Saudi national in the United States for training, two U.S. defense officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Four people including the shooter were killed in the episode at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Navy and local sheriff’s office said, the second deadly shooting at a U.S. military installation this week.
While military bases house the nation’s most powerful armaments, military personnel normally are restricted from carrying weapons on base unless they are part of their daily duties.
Matt Gaetz is already exploiting the shooting.
We’re learning a Saudi Arabian military member in Pensacola committed these murders.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 6, 2019
— ABC News (@ABC) December 6, 2019
Pearl Harbor. Pensacola. Not even our military bases are safe from gun violence. I’m heartsick for the victims and their families. We must end this epidemic and protect the lives of our service members. https://t.co/G1y0uyM0KW
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) December 6, 2019
There was some real heroism today,”base commander TKinsella says of fatal naval base shooting in Pensacola,Florida.
“I’m devastated,we are in shock,this is surreal—but I couldn’t be prouder to wear the uniform that I wear.” https://t.co/LMMmNs5urU pic.twitter.com/B07KBIpxKH #ENDEGO
— Barbara Santana (@Barbara96913515) December 6, 2019
— Jake Newby (@JakeNewby07) December 6, 2019