Saudi airman suspected in Pensacola military base shooting

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Published on December 6, 2019 - Duration: 02:08s

Saudi airman suspected in Pensacola military base shooting

Officials said a member of the Saudi Air Force was a suspect in Friday's shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola that left four people dead including the gunman and eight people injured.

Colette Luke has more.


Saudi airman suspected in Pensacola military base shooting

A member of the Saudi Air Force visiting the U.S. for military training was the suspect in Friday's shooting attack at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida that left four people dead including the gunman, according to officials.

Authorities said the shooter used a handgun in the attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola and the incident played out over two floors in a classroom building used for training.

The suspect was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy.

Eight people were injured and were taken to a nearby hospital.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the suspect was a Saudi national attending training at the base as part of a long-standing Navy program open to U.S. allies.

(SOUNDBITE) FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS SAYING: "There is obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a part of the Saudi Air Force and then to be here training on our soil.

The government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims. They are going to owe a debt here, given that this was one of their individuals." U.S President Donald Trump said on Friday that Saudi Arabia's King Salman called him to send his condolences to the victims. (SOUNDBITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people so much..

And I can tell you that was a horrible thing that took place and I can tell you we are getting to the bottom of it." The episode at the Pensacola base - which employs more than 16,000 military and over 7,000 civilians - is the second deadly shooting at a U.S. military base this week.

On Wednesday, a sailor shot three civilians at the Pearl Harbor military base in Hawaii, killing two of them before taking his own life.

The sailor's motive for that shooting has not yet been determined.

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