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World 4 dead, including suspect, in shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida

20:05  06 december  2019
20:05  06 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Four people died, including the suspect, and seven people were wounded Friday morning in a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

There is no threat to the community, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said in a press conference.

The shooting began around 6:30 a.m. central time Friday, Commanding Officer Captain Tim Kinsella said. The suspect died just before 8 a.m., Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Amber Southard said.

Two units responded to a classroom building on the base within "a couple of minutes" of receiving reports, authorities said. The shooting happened on two floors of the building, authorities said.

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Authorities could not say if the shooting was being considered an act of terrorism.

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Eight patients were accepted at nearby Baptist Hospital. One died at the hospital, and three died on the base, including the shooter.

Two deputies who engaged the shooter were wounded. One was shot in arm and treated at a local hospital, and one was shot in knee and was undergoing surgery.

The names of the victims will not be released until the next of kin have been notified, authorities said.

"Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie," Morgan said. "This doesn't happen in Escambia County. This doesn’t happen in Pensacola. ... So now we’re here to pick up the pieces."

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.

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"This is a tragic day for the city of Pensacola," said Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson.  "We’re a military town. Our hearts and prayers are connected to those that serve us every day. And certainly the expectation that this would happen to us here, at home, was unexpected."

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.

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