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4 Dead in Shooting at Florida Navy Base

Shooter is dead in Pensacola, along with 3 victims; others injured
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2019 8:10 AM CST
Updated Dec 6, 2019 10:20 AM CST
This photo taken from video provided by WEAR-TV shows emergency responders near the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.   (WEAR-TV via AP)
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(Newser) – It's the second fatal shooting at a US naval facility this week: Authorities say a gunman opened fire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, Friday morning. The Pensacola News Journal reports that the shooter is dead, along with three victims. The newspaper reports at least seven other people were being treated at a local hospital. That includes two deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, one of whom was shot in the knee and the other in the arm. The shooting comes just two days after a sailor killed two civilians and himself at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii.

Deputies from the sheriff's office killed the Pensacola gunman, reports WEAR. The shooting reportedly began in a classroom before 7am. The naval base is a sprawling one that employs 16,000 military personnel and 7,400 civilians, reports the AP, which describes it as "one of the Navy's most historic and storied bases." It's the home of the Blue Angels squadron and the first training stop for those becoming Navy pilots or flight officers, per the Washington Post. (In the Hawaii shooting, the gunman used his service weapons.)

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