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Naval base shooting victim alerted others, ‘saved countless lives,’ family says

File photo of Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, from Coffee, Alabama. Ens. Watson was killed during an active shooter incident at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Dec. 6. (U.S. Navy/Released)

Joshua Kaleb Watson died a hero.

The 23-year-old Watson was one of three victims in Friday’s attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola. But there could have been many more victims if not for Watson’s actions.

“After being shot multiple times he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was and those details were invaluable,” his older brother Adam Watson wrote in a Facebook post. “He died a hero.”

An Enterprise, Ala., native, Joshua Watson was a recent graduate of the Naval Academy and had dreamed of a military career his entire life, the Pensacola News Journal reported. He was officer on deck when the shooting occurred and was shot five times.

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a member of the Saudi Arabian military who was training at the naval station, killed three people Friday morning before dying in a shootout with sherrif’s deputies. Eight other people were injured in the attack.


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