Deadly shooting at Pensacola naval base

By Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Zoe Sottile, CNN

Updated 1:36 a.m. ET, December 7, 2019
21 Posts
Sort byDropdown arrow
11:07 a.m. ET, December 6, 2019

At least 3 people killed in shooting

Officials said three people were killed in today in the Pensacola US Navy base shooting. The shooter was also killed.

10:53 a.m. ET, December 6, 2019

The shooting happened in a naval classroom

The fatal shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola took place in a classroom building, according to a Navy official who spoke at a press conference this morning.

He declined to answer if the shooter was military personnel or what specific classroom building the shooting took place in.

He added that almost all the buildings are classroom buildings because it's a training facility.

10:50 a.m. ET, December 6, 2019

Escambia County Sheriff: "Our community is secure at this time"

David Morgan, the Sheriff of Escambia County where the shooting took place this morning, said that the "threat has been negated."

"Our community is secure at this time. We have no reason to believe — or are we looking for any additional shooters within Escambia County," he said at a news conference moments ago.
10:40 a.m. ET, December 6, 2019

SOON: Sheriff's office holds a news conference

Any minute now, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office will hold a news conference about the shooting at the front gate of NAS Pensacola. The press conference was slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. ET.

You can watch it live in the player at the top of this page.

10:27 a.m. ET, December 6, 2019

Pensacola's US congressman: "Our hearts break today"

Florida's Congressman Matt Gaetz, whose district includes the Navy Base where the shooting occurred this morning, tweeted a video about the incident.

He said that he is "deeply saddened" by the shooting. He also spoke about the importance of Pensacola to his district, calling it a "huge source of pride for all of northwest Florida."

"Our hearts break today," Gaetz said.

He also repeated calls from law enforcement for Florida residents to stay clear of the base today.

Watch the full video below:

10:24 a.m. ET, December 6, 2019

At least 8 patients at Baptist Health Care, but their conditions are not known

At least 8 patients were taken to Baptist Health Care in Pensacola after the shooting, according to a statement from hospital Public Relations Specialist Kathy Bowers.

"We do not have any conditions to report at this time," she said. "Our teams are treating patients and we are working with Navy personnel to communicate with family members."

Earlier today, Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital said it had not received any patients, but was ready to take any transports.

10:09 a.m. ET, December 6, 2019

Mike Pence says he's "saddened to hear of the horrible shooting"

Vice President Mike Pence said that he is "saddened to hear of the horrible shooting" in Pensacola and said he is "continuing to monitor the situation."

On Twitter, Pence also said that he is praying for the victims and their families and praised the first responders for "their swift action."

10:08 a.m. ET, December 6, 2019

Naval base will be closed for the rest of the day

From CNN's Amanda Watts

Naval Air Station Pensacola will be closed for the remainder of the day, according to its Facebook page. 

“The base is closed for the remainder of the day. Only essential personnel will be allowed onto the base. Additional information to follow," the Facebook post says.

We expect officials to hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. ET about the shooting.

10:05 a.m. ET, December 6, 2019

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: "Please pray for everyone impacted by this horrible situation"

Florida's Senator Marco Rubio "spoke to commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola" and is "in close contact with all the relevant officials," according to a tweet this morning.

He also called for prayers for "everyone impacted by this horrible situation."