Saudi opens fire at Pensacola naval base
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/06/19, 02:36 pm
A Saudi aviation student opened fire in a classroom building on Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, killing three people and wounding seven others. A responding sheriff’s deputy shot and killed the attacker, whose name authorities have not released.
What was the motive? U.S. officials said they are investigating whether the shooting constituted a terrorist act. The naval base houses a college-style campus where a broad array of service members learn aviation-related skills, and the United States provides some training for the Saudi military. The shooter served as a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force, according to U.S. officials.
Dig deeper: This was the second shooting at a U.S. naval base this week. Read Lynde Langdon’s report in The Sift on Wednesday’s shooting at Pearl Harbor.
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