Saudi National Student Kills 3, Injures 8 in Shooting at Naval Air Station in Pensacola

By Melanie Arter | December 6, 2019 | 3:32pm EST
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(CNSNews.com) - A Saudi national opened fire on a classroom at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday, killing three people and wounding eight others.

Base commander Capt. Timothy Kinsella said at a press conference Friday that the gunman was a student who was receiving aviation training at the time.

Hundreds of international students receive aviation training at the base, the Navy Times reported.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting and spoke to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“Just received a full briefing on the tragic shooting at NAS Pensacola in Florida, and spoke to @GovRonDeSantis. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. We are continuing to monitor the situation as the investigation is ongoing,” the president tweeted.

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Trump said that Saudi Arabia called to offer condolences to the victims and their families.

“King Salman of Saudi Arabia 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,” the president tweeted.

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“The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people,” he added.

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