Saudi student kills three at US naval base

(BBC) – The gunman who killed three people at a US naval base in Pensacola, Florida, was a Saudi student, officials say.

He has been named as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani – a Saudi military member in training at the site. He was shot dead by officials.

The local sheriff’s office confirmed eight others were injured in the attack including two officers. The shooter used a handgun.

It is the second shooting to take place at a US military base this week.

A US sailor shot dead two workers at the Pearl Harbor military base in Hawaii on Wednesday.

Authorities were alerted to the shooting at the base on the waterfront southwest of Pensacola at 06:51 (12:51 GMT).

“Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie,” said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.

Two officers were shot in the limbs but are expected to recover.

According to its website the naval airbase, which is still in lockdown, employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel.

What’s the reaction been?

“There’s obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a part of the Saudi air force and then to be here training on our soil,” said the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis.

“Obviously the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims and I think they’re going to owe a debt here, given that this was one of their individuals,” he added.

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