3 Dead, Multiple Injured in Shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola

Three people were killed and multiple others injured, including two sheriff’s deputies, in a shooting at a naval base in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday morning, officials said.

The shooter at Naval Air Station Pensacola was also killed, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Navy.

Two Escambia County sheriff’s deputies were on scene immediately after reports of a shooter at about 6:50 a.m. local time. They were injured in an exchange of gunfire with the shooter, authorities said.

One was shot in the arm and the other was shot in the leg and was in surgery, Chief Deputy Chip Simmons said during a morning news conference. They are both expected to survive.

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

In addition to the two officers, five other people were injured, officials said. All seven had been taken to nearby Baptist Hospital for treatment.

The base was still on lockdown at about 10 a.m. and was to remain closed for the rest of the day, with only essential personnel allowed to enter. Pensacola Mayor Grover C. Robinson also asked residents to avoid the area around the base as investigators swarmed the scene.

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Source: NBC