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The suspected gunman who killed three people and injured several others at a naval base in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday morning was a Saudi national, according to law enforcement sources.
Sources identified the shooter, who was killed in the incident, as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.
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The FBI was the lead agency in charge of the investigation as of Friday afternoon.
Two Escambia County sheriff's deputies were on scene immediately after reports of a shots fired at about 6:50 a.m. local time. They were injured in an exchange of gunfire with the shooter, authorities said.
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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.
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In addition to the two officers, six other people were injured, officials said.
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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The shooting unfolded in a two-floor classroom building at the base, which is a training facility.
Jeff Bergosh, a facilities manager at the base, had just arrived at the front gates when the station was put on lockdown, trapping thousands of workers in their cars.
Bergosh - MSNBC - Victims
“It’s been pretty surreal,” Bergosh told MSNBC. “We’re just praying for all the victims.”
He said more than 10,000 workers come to Naval Air Station Pensacola every day — many entering from Navy Boulevard, which Friday morning became a mileslong parking lot when the lockdown was ordered.
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“When this happened was prime-time rush hour for all the base employees,” Bergosh...
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