PENSACOLA, Fla. — Three people are dead, including the suspect, and at least 11 people were hospitalized Friday morning in a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
The shooting was reported around 7 a.m. central time Friday; the suspect died just before 8 a.m., Escambia County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Amber Southard said.
At least two other people were confirmed dead, said Jason Bortz, spokesman for NAS Pensacola.
Five patients were accepted to Baptist Hospital, according to spokeswoman Kathy Bowers. Six were accepted to Sacred Heart Hospital.
The names of the victims will not be released until the next of kin have been notified, the U.S. Navy said in a statement.
The Navy base will be closed all day Friday.
NAS Pensacola, situated in the far western Panhandle, employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel in Escambia County, according to the station’s website. Home of the Blue Angels, the air station is also the primary training base for all U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officers pursuing designation as Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers.
Rep. Matt Gaetz said in a video on Twitter that he was “deeply saddened” by Friday morning’s shootings.
“NAS Pensacola is a huge source of pride for all of northwest Florida. It is the home of naval aviation. It is the home of the Blue Angels,” he said. “In our home, this is who we are. This is what we love.”
St. John’s Catholic School, located outside the front of the base, has been closed due to the lockdown.
The reports come two days after a U.S. Navy sailor shot three people, then killed himself at Pearl Harbor.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Twitter that he was monitoring the situation.
Escambia County Commissioner Jeff Bergosh, who works at NAS Pensacola as a civilian contractor, said he was in line to go through the gate when it was shut down.
“There’s probably been 100 or so various law enforcement vehicles zooming down the wrong side on Navy Boulevard,” Bergosh said. “There’s been ambulances, fire trucks. It’s my understanding there’s multiple causalities. I haven’t heard of any fatalities yet.”
He received a call from his coworkers who reported being on lockdown inside the base. He said he is stuck in traffic gridlock outside the base.