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DEVELOPING: Pensacola Navy base shooting updates and details

An aerial view of the Navy's newest guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) moored at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola. (U.S. Navy photo by Mr. Patrick Nichols)
December 06, 2019

Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. is closed on Friday after an active shooting incident left the suspect and three victims dead and multiple other injuries.

UPDATE – 9:55 a.m. CSTEscambia County Sheriff David Morgan confirmed during a press conference that the suspect and three victims are deceased, and seven others remain hospitalized with injuries.

Two of those hospitalized are Escambia County Sheriff deputies who were injured in an exchange of gunfire with the suspect. One deputy was shot in the knee, another was shot in the arm. Both are expected to survive their injuries.

A sheriff’s deputy was credited with taking down the suspect.

Commanding officer NAS Pensacola Capt. Timothy F. Kinsella Jr. confirmed in the press conference that the shooting took place inside one of the training base’s classroom buildings.

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Officials declined to confirm whether or not the suspect was a member of the military, or what kind of weapon was used in the shooting.

The base remains closed until further notice.

The U.S. Navy had confirmed via Twitter at 8:41 a.m. CST that a second victim had died. At 8:01 a.m., the Navy had confirmed one victim was confirmed to be dead and an additional “unknown number of injured people being transferred to local hospitals.”

A spokeswoman with Baptist Health Care hospital told NBC News it had received at least five patients from the incident. Some reports have indicated that 11 people were injured in the shooting.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office had posted on Facebook at 7:47 a.m. CST saying that the shooter is confirmed to be dead.

“The ECSO can confirm there is no longer an active shooter on NAS Pensacola. The shooter is confirmed dead,” the office said.

The naval base had posted on its Facebook page at 7:21 a.m. CST, saying, “ *** Alert *** Both gates of NASP are currently secured due to reports of an active shooter. More information will be provided as it becomes available.”

Jason Bortz, spokesman for NAS Pensacola, confirmed to USA Today that the incident was active and prompted gate closures and a lockdown of the base.