Deadly shooting at Pensacola naval base
Officials just wrapped up a news conference about the shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, this morning.
Here's what we know so far:
- The timeline: Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said officers received notice that there was an active shooter at 6:51 a.m. local time.
- 3 people and the shooter were killed: A total of four people died in the shooting, including the shooter, who has not been identified.
- 11 people were shot: Officials said a total of eleven people were shot. Eight of them were transported to a local hospital, where one of them died.
- Deputies engaged the shooter: Two deputies from Escambia County Sheriff’s Office "negated" the shooter, according to the sheriff. One was shot in the knee and the other in the shoulder, but both are expected to make a full recovery.
What we don't know: It's still unclear if the shooter was military personnel. Officials have also declined to answer questions about the weapons used by the shooting and the specific building in which the shooting took place.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said they received the call about the active shooter at 7:51 a.m. ET.
The sheriff said they are in the middle of the investigation, and cannot provide much information. However, he said, “walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie.”
The two officers who negated the threat are in the local hospital, both shot in the limbs. They're expected to recover.
“We do have several deceased and several wounded,” Commanding Officer Captain Tim Kinsella at NAS Pensacola said.
The active shooter has been neutralized. The base is shut down until further notice.
Mayor of Pensacola, Grover Robinson called it a “tragic day” for the city of Pensacola, “We are a military town.” The mayor asked residents to stay away from that side of town.
A total of 11 people were shot this morning at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola.
Four of those are deceased, one of whom was the shooter, Escambia County's Chief Chip Simmons said.
Eight people were transported to a local hospital, where one of the injured died.
There are currently three others inside the building who are deceased.
Commanding Officer Captain Tim Kinsella at NAS Pensacola said the shooting happened in a classroom building.
David Morgan, sheriff of Escambia County, said two deputies engaged the shooter, and "It was a member of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office that did negate the threat.”
The two officers were shot during the exchange with the gunman.
Morgan said that one deputy was shot in the arm and another was shot in the knee. "Both expected to survive," Morgan said.
Officials said three people were killed in today in the Pensacola US Navy base shooting. The shooter was also killed.
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.
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.
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: