The gunman who killed three people at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday morning was a Saudi aviation student, officials say. The gunman was killed by a sheriff’s deputy after the shooting, which left eight people injured.
“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 – to do this,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a news conference Friday afternoon. He added that the FBI is working with a number of other agencies to investigate.
In a news briefing late Friday evening, federal investigators declined to confirm the shooter’s name, saying they have not completed necessary notifications. Nor would they say what may have motivated the shooter. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Larry Keefe said more information would be shared on Saturday.
The Pensacola air station is a training ground for students from various branches of the U.S. military, along with personnel from U.S. allies abroad.