The Navy pledged Friday to find ways to upgrade security procedures and prevent future attacks following two shootings and a fatal gate runner incident at naval bases in Virginia, Hawaii and Florida in the last week.
The suspect began shooting in a classroom building early Friday morning, killing four. "They are going to owe a debt here given that this is one of their individuals". Though wounded, the young officer flagged down first responders and described the shooter. "It's good-quality training", he said.
The incident comes on the heels of another deadly shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on Wednesday, where a Navy sailor shot and killed two shipyard workers and wounded another before taking his own life. A recent graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, he had arrived at Pensacola two weeks ago for flight training, his family said.
The president added that the king told him the shooter did not represent the "Saudi people who love the American people". The FBI is investigating the Pensacola shooter's motive and there have been no indications so far that the shooter was acting at the behest of, or in coordination with, others.
President Trump tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims and noted that he had received a phone call from Saudi King Salman.
"His Majesty affirmed that the perpetrator of this heinous crime does not represent the Saudi people, who count the American people as friends and allies", the statement said.
Walking through the scene "was like being on the set of a movie", Morgan said.
Earlier Friday, two USA officials identified the student as a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force and said authorities were investigating whether the attack was terrorism-related.
During a news conference on Friday night, the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to release the shooter's identity and wouldn't comment on his possible motivations.
"Obviously, the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims", DeSantis said.
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The group came under a Navy programme that offers training to US allies.
Four people, including the shooter, died on Friday at the Pensacola, Florida Naval Air Station.
Meanwhile Saudi officials have continued to condemn the attack, including vice-minister of defence, Khalid bin Salman, who said he trained at a United States base like many others in the Saudi military. We remind friendly American people in the past year two Brave #Saudi students Theeb Alyami and Jaser Daham Alrakah lost their lives helping drowning children in Chicopee river of Massachusetts, #USA.
Congressman Matt Gaetz, whose district includes Pensacola, tweeted he's working with several federal departments to "ensure there's extreme vetting" for those who come to receive training at U.S. military bases.
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted he's "saddened to hear of the terrible shooting". The king "directed Saudi security services to cooperate with the relevant American agencies to uncover information that will help determine the cause of this horrific attack".
The shooting happened just days before thousands were scheduled to gather at the military base to mark the 78th anniversary of the Japanese bombing that launched the U.S. into the Second World War.
Foreign students from "partner nations" have trained at the base to learn naval aviation for years, Commanding Officer of NAS Pensacola Capt. Tim Kinsella told reporters. The base's training program includes a couple hundred from countries outside the U.S., Kinsella said.
Military personnel are normally restricted from carrying weapons on US bases unless they are part of their daily duties, something O'Neal criticized.
The incident comes after a U.S. sailor fatally shot two people and wounded a third at the Pearl Harbour Naval Shipyard in Hawaii on Wednesday before committing suicide.