Ron DeSantis orders flags at half-staff in honor of NAS Pensacola shooting victims

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Three people died when a gunman opened fire at the Naval base.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is ordering flags at half-staff through sunset Dec. 13 in honor of victims of Friday’s Naval Air Station base shooting in Pensacola.

The order applies to all Florida and American flags at local and state buildings, installations and grounds throughout the state.

“We are praying hard for the victims and families impacted by today’s shooting at NAS Pensacola. As a Navy veteran, today hits especially close to home. NAS Pensacola is a special place and these brave warriors who wear the wings come here for flight training to protect and serve our great nation,” DeSantis said. “My administration and state agencies have deployed and will continue to provide support personnel and services to all of the military, civilians and families impacted by today’s senseless act of violence.”

A shooter opened fire in a classroom building at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola Friday morning in an attack that left four people dead, including the assailant, and multiple people wounded. The shooting was the second at a U.S. Navy base this week after another shooter killed two and himself at Pearl Harbor over the weekend.

The shooting prompted a massive law enforcement response and a lockdown at the Pensacola base.

“Today’s shooting not only strikes at the heart of Northwest Florida, but for the Navy nationwide and around the world. The response we saw from the deputies at Escambia County Sheriff’s office and active personnel responding to the scene is commendable and lives were saved because of the bravery of those wearing the uniform of the U.S. Navy and our local law enforcement, including from those who were wounded and still worked to help others,” DeSantis said. “Their bravery will not be in vain. We have learned that the shooter was a foreign national in the employ of a foreign service and the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for the victims and they’re going to owe a debt here.”

Eleven people were shot in total at the Pensacola are including two sheriff’s deputies who were first responders on the scene. According to Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan, one of those two deputies was the one who killed the shooter. One deputy was shot in the arm, the other in the knee. Both are expected to recover.

Officials identified the shooter as a Saudi Arabian aviation student. The investigation, including into whether the shooting was terrorism-related, is ongoing.

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]


One comment

  • Sonja Emily Fitch

    December 8, 2019 at 6:39 am

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