The Old Capitol building is being lit blue in a show of solidarity with those affected by last week’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Navy veteran, announced the move on Twitter Thursday afternoon.
Home of the @BlueAngels, @NASPCOLA is important to the identity of our state. I’ve requested the Florida Historic Capitol be lit blue from December 9-15 to honor and stand with the Pensacola community following last week’s tragedy. pic.twitter.com/gb6rgLMa5p
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) December 12, 2019
The gesture is in addition to the Governor ordering flags at half-staff through Dec. 13 at all local and state buildings, installations and grounds throughout the state.
The Dec. 7 shooting left four people dead and eight injured, including two Escambia County sheriff’s deputies, one of whom killed the shooter.
The perpetrator was a member of the Saudi military who was receiving flight training at the naval base The FBI is investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism.
In the wake of the shooting, the Pentagon has restricted other Saudi military flight students to classroom training.