Shooter at U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, is 'confirmed dead'
Authorities said there had been an "active shooter" on Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola, a U.S. Navy base in Florida, before saying the shooter was dead a few minutes later, according to the Escambia County Sheriff's.This is a breaking news story.
ARLINGTON — In the aftermath of the deadly shooting at a naval station in Pensacola, Florida, acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly says the Pentagon wants Congress to make it harder for foreign nationals participating in military training in the United States to buy guns.
"We're looking at that to see whether or not we can get Congress' support on some ways to, to make that less easy for them to get weapons like that," he said.
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Training international students at the Naval Air Station Pensacola is a core part of the base's mission.The base employs 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel. This includes major tenant commands: Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Technical Training Center, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 and 23, the Blue Angels and the headquarters for Naval Education Training Command, a command which combines direction and control of all Navy education and training.
In an interview with NBC News, Modly said the Pentagon is considering additional steps to further protect its military installations, military personnel and families.
"Everything is on the table," such as looking at more thorough ways in which foreign nationals are screened, like continuous vetting, he said.
But Modly said training programs — such as the one alleged gunman Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21, was a member of — are vitally important.
"It's very important for our national security, as well as the world's national security, that we have partners and allies who we train," he said.
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A Navy sailor who opened fire at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii on Wednesday has been identified as Gabriel Antonio Romero, the Navy confirmed to Fox News on Thursday. © GettyRomero, a Texas native and machinist's mate auxilliary fireman, was just a week shy of his two-year anniversary with the Navy when the incident occurred. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Navy confirmed.
Last week, the Pentagon said there were 5,181 foreign students from 153 countries, including 852 Saudis, in the U.S. for Department of Defense security cooperation-related training. According to a Pentagon policy, foreign nationals who want to participate in the program are vetted for terrorist activity, drug trafficking, corruption and criminal conduct.
The shooting in Pensacola was the second deadly attack to happen at a Naval base in a week. The first was at Joint Base Hickam at Pearl Harbor, where a sailor killed two base employees before killing himself.
In light of both shootings, additional steps are being considered to better look at understanding when people are under stress or expressing potentially destructive behavior.
"We need to do a much better job of being in front of those types of issues," Modly said.
He said the effect of both incidents is being felt across the Navy.
"These are isolated incidents but obviously extremely tragic for us and very, very tragic for our Navy family," he said.
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