The suspect has been identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, NBC News reports. He added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is working with a number of other agencies to investigate.
The Naval Air Station had been put on lockdown because of the incident, officials said. He added that the air station now has "a couple hundred" global students on its campus.
Part of the Pensacola base resembles a college campus, with buildings where 60,000 members of the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard receive training each year in multiple fields of aviation. The officials said authorities were investigating whether the attack was terrorism-related. And in October, Defense Secretary Mark Esper visited Prince Sultan Air Base to see one of the batteries and talk about efforts to get other allies to contribute to the defense of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region to counter threats from Iran.
Commanding officer Timothy Kinsella said the base's security forces first responded to the shooting before outside police agencies arrived. One additional fatality is reported and as many as 10 others are injured. "Today's tragic shooting at Pensacola, Florida was a heinous crime", he said.
Nine patients were admitted to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola but their conditions are unknown at this time, a hospital spokesperson said.
"This doesn't happen in Escambia County". He added, "But it did". Officials confirmed that the shooter was also killed. Around midday, authorities ordered non-essential personnel on the western side of the campus to leave the station.
The shooting in Florida came just two days after a gunman opened fire at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam near Honolulu, killing two and injuring a third before shooting and killing himself. It's home to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team, and includes the National Naval Aviation Museum, a popular regional tourist attraction.
We received a statement from the Naval Support Activity Panama City, the Navy Station in Panama City Beach, on the shooting in Pensacola.
U.S. President Donald Trump had been briefed and was monitoring the situation, a White House spokesman said. Some facts reported by the media may later turn out to be wrong. "Our hearts and prayers are connected to all those who serve us every day".
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