A shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida has left three people dead, including the gunman, Navy officials said on Friday.
“There was an active shooter incident at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida this morning, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Megan Isaac said in a statement. “The base remains on lockdown. The shooter is confirmed deceased, and two additional fatalities are confirmed. Multiple injured personnel have been transported to local hospitals. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement agencies.”
Isaac could not say how the shooter was killed.
The circumstances of the episode remained unclear. An “active shooter” was encountered on the base on Friday morning, according to the Escambia County sheriff’s office.
A few minutes later, the shooter was dead, according to the sheriff’s office and the Navy.
This is the second deadly shooting at a Navy base this week.
On Wednesday, a sailor shot three civilians at the historic Pearl Harbor military base in Hawaii, killing two of them before taking his own life.
The shooter at Pearl Harbor was an active-duty service member who was part of the crew of the attack submarine USS Columbia, which is dry dock, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said on Thursday.
“We are pretty sure that he acted alone but we don’t have those details yet,” Gilday said at the U.S. Naval Institute’s Defense Forum in Washington, D.C. “There are a lot of interviews ongoing right now.”
The Pensacola base, which is near Florida’s border with Alabama, is a major training site for the Navy and home to its aerobatic flight demonstration squadron the Blue Angels. The base employs more than about 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to the base’s website.