SPONSORED:

Three dead, several injured in Pensacola naval station shooting

At least three people were killed in a shooting at the naval air station in Pensacola, Fla., the Navy said in a statement Friday.

The shooter has also been killed, according to both the Navy and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Megan Isaac told The Hill in an email that multiple injured personnel have been taken to hospitals.

ADVERTISEMENT

“There was an active shooter incident at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida this morning. The base remains on lockdown," Isaac said. "The shooter is confirmed deceased, and two additional fatalities are confirmed. Multiple injured personnel have been transported to local hospitals.”

The naval air station has more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian employees, according to its website.

White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement that President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE "has been briefed on the shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station/Forest Sherman Field and is monitoring the situation."

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzMatt Gaetz warns GOP that arguments against legalizing marijuana increasingly unpopular Five Republicans vote for bill to decriminalize marijuana New Jersey investigating NY Young Republican Club party over social distancing MORE (R-Fla.) who represents Pensacola, said in a tweet that he was "monitoring reports" of the shooting.

"Please pray for our military service members, law enforcement, and other first responders as they work to address the situation," he wrote.

He also said in a video posted to Twitter that there were reports that the shooting occurred in the schoolhouse where naval pilot students learn about naval aviation. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Gaetz and Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisRomney blasts Trump lack of leadership during pandemic: 'It's a great human tragedy' Florida officials were asked to avoid public statements on coronavirus before election: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates MORE (R) have confirmed that the suspected shooter is a Saudi Arabian military official.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security | Biden says China must play by 'international norms' | House Democrats use Markup app for leadership contest voting Trump campaigns as wild card in Georgia runoffs Rubio and Ocasio-Cortez spar on Twitter: 'Work more, tweet less' MORE (R-Fla.) also responded to the shooting on Twitter.

"Please pray for everyone impacted by this horrible situation," he wrote.

Two people were also killed in a shooting at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu this week. 

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas B. Modly said in a statement on Friday that the Navy and Marine Corps teams are "struck and deeply saddened by the attacks within our own naval family over the past several days."

"Our prayers are with the families of the fallen and with the wounded. It is our solemn duty to find the causes of such tragic loss and ceaselessly work together to prevent them," Modly said. 

Updated at 2:29 p.m.