A Saudi national is the suspected gunman in deadly shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station, sources say


For the second time in two days, a deadly shooting unfolded at a US Navy base Friday when a gunman killed at least three people and injured several others at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

The suspected shooter, who was also killed, was a member of the Saudi Arabian military training at the station, according to five US defense officials and another person familiar with the investigation. 

Investigators are looking into whether the shooting was terror-related, but it’s still early.

CNN has reached out to the Saudi Embassy in the US and has not heard back.

The shooter was killed after two deputies exchanged gunfire with him, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan told reporters in a news conference.

The FBI has taken over the investigation, according to an FBI spokeswoman.

Eight people were taken to Baptist Health Care, including one who died, said Chief Deputy Chip Simmons. The deputies who confronted the shooter also suffered gunshot wounds — one in the arm and one in the knee. Both are expected to survive.

The shooting occurred in a classroom building, Commanding Officer of NAS Pensacola Capt. Tim Kinsella said. The base will remain on lockdown until further notice, he said.

The names of the victims are not being released until authorities notify their families.

Walking through the scene “was like being on the set of a movie,” Morgan said.

“This doesn’t happen in Escambia County. It doesn’t happen in Pensacola. It doesn’t happen to our friends and neighbors who are members of the US Navy,” Morgan said. “But it did, and it has.”

The shooting comes just two days after an active duty US sailor, Gabriel Romero, killed two civilian employees and injured another before killing himself at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii. Investigators have not announced a motive for the Wednesday shooting.

White House monitoring Pensacola shooting

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the Pensacola shooting, said White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere. The White House is monitoring the situation.

The White House and the governor’s office reached out to local authorities to offer assistance, Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson said.

Naval Air Station Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to the base’s website. Many families also live there, said retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, CNN’s military and diplomatic analyst, who was once stationed there.

“They love the base there,” Kirby said of the sailors. “It’s a great relationship between the people of Pensacola and the Navy and the base there. It’s a terrific Navy town.”

FBI personnel from Pensacola, Jacksonville and Mobile, Alabama, are responding to the station, an FBI spokeswoman said. Multiple agencies are cooperating on the investigation, including local law enforcement and Naval Criminal Investigative Services.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis offered “full support to law enforcement” investigating the incident.


14 thoughts on “A Saudi national is the suspected gunman in deadly shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station, sources say

  1. In both the on-base shootings, they sure are taking a lot of time in presenting their explanation for motive.

    And won’t it become a conundrum for them if they find their troops cannot be trusted with guns. This is getting so interesting. Riveting. It’s like the whole damn show is turning on them.


  2. A Saudi national is the suspected gunman in deadly shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station, sources say ANOTHER PSUEDO MUSLIM THAT WORKS FOR MOSSAD.

  3. “Investigators are looking into whether the shooting was terror-related,…”

    Mossad controlled mole. (?)

    One step closer to disarming all the soldiers on the military bases in this country?

    Just a thought.

  4. This is bullshit
    Whatever you want to call it
    But this didn’t happen

    Matter of fact none of the last 5-6 high profile “mass shootings” are for real

    All distractions
    Come on people ,,, you new here?

    1. You are probably right, but I find myself not able to say definitively that this was certainly an FF. So much spin out there. So much deception. Either way they’ll likely use it to gun-grab and/or to make more war.


    1. ’m not against you for just being American, I don’t hate you because your freedoms, I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity,” he wrote.

    1. Good point, Katie. And yet, they too are possibly misdirected in terms of who the real enemy is. Who can say how propaganda plays out in foreign countries. We may get their prominent news, but not the subtleties.

      Well, we keep studying, watching, and see what more surfaces.


  5. I just am not one to jump to conclusions. Kinda like those double-blind studies that science requires to prevent bias. I need to be sure, sure as I am with 9/11. So much overwhelming evidence on who brought the towers down, and who benefited.

    And damn the mainstream deceivers, muddying up the waters. It is they who make it hardest on any who are trying to get to the truth. Well, as in all these instances, we do the best we can. We certainly have every right to question, to speculate, to doubt, to overturn and disprove. Sometimes we get there; sometimes things just get filed in the “We’ll Never Know For Sure” bin.

    Is it the weekend? No one told me.



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