Shooter Dead After Opening Fire on Florida Navy Base

Multiple people were shot, and at least one person is dead.

by Tess Owen
Dec 6 2019, 3:23pm

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One suspected gunman is dead after a shooting at a navy base in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday morning.

At least 11 people have been taken to the hospital, and at least two people have died, the U.S. Navy confirmed.

The shooting started at around 6:30 a.m. local time at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, which employs 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, and the location was placed on lockdown. By 7:48, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that one suspect was dead, and the active shooter situation was over.

“We are actively monitoring the shooting that occurred this morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wrote on Twitter.

The Pensacola Naval Air Station is the initial primary training base for all U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers looking to become Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers. It’s also the training base for most naval flight officers.

Friday morning’s shooting came just days after an American sailor opened fire on Hawaii’s historic Pearl Harbor Shipyard and killed two people before turning the gun on himself.

Cover image: In this Jan. 29, 2016 photo shows the entrance to the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla. The naval base is making it harder for the public to access certain areas of the waterfront base popular with the public as the home of the Blue Angels and prime beaches. (AP Photo/Melissa Nelson)

This article originally appeared on VICE US.

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