MIAMI: A Saudi air drive trainee opened hearth Friday at a US naval base, killing three individuals earlier than being shot useless by police, with the nation’s king rapidly providing his condolences to President Donald Trump.
The capturing, which occurred in a classroom constructing at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, left eight individuals wounded, together with two sheriff’s deputies who responded to the assault.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis mentioned the shooter was from Saudi Arabia the identical nationality as 15 of the 19 males concerned within the 9/11 assaults, some of whom attended civilian flight college in Florida.
“There’s obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a part of the Saudi air force and then to be here training on our soil,” DeSantis informed a press convention.
“Obviously the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims. And I think they are going to owe a debt here given that this is one of their individuals.”
Captain Timothy Kinsella mentioned the shooter whose title authorities declined to launch was an aviation trainee, one of “a couple hundred” international college students at the base.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman telephoned Trump on Friday to denounce the capturing, the official Saudi Press Company mentioned.
“He (the king) affirmed that the perpetrator of this heinous crime does not represent the Saudi people,” the report mentioned.
Trump mentioned in a tweet that King Salman “just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida.”
Police acquired their first name concerning the capturing shortly earlier than 7:00 am (1200 GMT), Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan mentioned.
One of the responding deputies finally killed the attacker, who used a handgun.
Solely members of the safety forces can deliver weapons on base, Kinsella mentioned, and it was not clear how the shooter obtained the gun onto the premises.
“Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie,” Morgan mentioned. “You don’t expect this to happen.”
Kinsella mentioned the base’s safety forces first responded earlier than exterior police companies arrived.
The ability, made up largely of school rooms, was shut down till additional discover.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene as police rushed to reply.
Federal companies are investigating, authorities mentioned, together with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Simply two days earlier, a US sailor fatally shot two individuals and wounded a 3rd at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii earlier than taking his personal life.
The Pensacola naval air station hosts 16,000 military personnel and greater than 7,000 civilians, and is dwelling to a flight demonstration squadron.
It’s an early coaching middle for naval pilots, and is named the “cradle of naval aviation.”
The base is the middle for the US Navy international military coaching applications, established in 1985 particularly for Saudi college students earlier than being expanded to different nationalities.
Saudi Arabia has lengthy been a serious US ally within the Center East, thanks primarily to safety issues and oil.
Whereas mass shootings in the USA are frequent, these at military services are uncommon.
In July 2015, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez carried out an assault at two military installations in Tennessee that killed 4 Marines and a sailor, with the FBI concluding that the violence was impressed by a “foreign terrorist group.”
Two years earlier, Aaron Alexis killed 12 individuals and wounded eight others at the Washington Navy Yard, simply two miles (three kilometers) from the US Capitol constructing, earlier than being shot useless by officers.
4 years earlier than that, Main Nidal Hasan, a US Military psychiatrist, killed 13 individuals and wounded greater than 30 others at Fort Hood.
He was thought of a “lone wolf” who supported terror community al-Qaida.
Supporters of tighter gun legal guidelines seized on the most recent capturing.
“Our veterans and active-duty military put their lives on the line to protect us overseas — they shouldn’t have to be terrorized by gun violence at home,” Cindy Martin, a volunteer with the Florida chapter of Mothers Demand Motion whose daughter works at the naval base, mentioned in an announcement.



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