U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz said the shooting occurred at a facility on NAS that students from around the world come to learn about aviation.

NAS PENSACOLA — The shooter who killed three people and injured others in an early morning active-shooter situation at Naval Air Station Pensacola before being shot by Escambia County sheriff’s deputies was a Saudi aviation student, according to an Associated Press report that also noted authorities are looking at the incident as a possible terrorism incident.

Late Friday morning, the Associated Press, quoting an unnamed “U.S. official,” reported that “the Florida naval station shooting suspect was an aviation student from Saudi Arabia and authorities are investigating if the shooting was terrorism-related.”

Meanwhile, Eglin Air Force Base was operating under normal security procedures on Friday morning as the active shooter situation was playing out at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

At NAS Pensacola, authorities were alerted to the presence of an active shooter at the installation at 7 a.m. Friday. By 8 a.m., according to media reports, the shooter was confirmed dead, although the base remained on lock down. Early reports indicated that 11 people were taken to area hospitals, and that three people in addition to the shooter had died.

In a Friday video statement prior to the AP report, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., whose district includes NAS Pensacola, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field and a number of other military installations, said, “We are getting reports that this shooting occurred at the schoolhouse, right in the center of the campus, where the naval student pilots come to learn about naval aviation. That’s a mission that hosts American pilots, (and) ... pilots from all over the world. ... It appears that this shooting occurred right in the heart of that school campus.”

Meanwhile, Eglin Air Force Base was operating under normal security procedures on Friday morning as the active shooter situation was playing out at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Ilka Cole, spokeswoman for Eglin’s host unit, the 96th Test Wing, said Eglin AFB’s security procedures include security gates through which vehicles entering the base must pass.

At Hurlburt Field, headquarters of Air Force Special Operations Command, spokeswoman Amy Nicholson said the installation, like Eglin, was not taking any additional security steps as a result of the active shooter incident at NAS Pensacola.

“We are continuing our current force protection posture,” Nicholson said in an email.

Also according to Nicholson, the active shooter situation at NAS Pensacola was not expected to affect Friday’s memorial service for Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, a 23rd Special Tactics Squadron airman who is missing and presumed dead following a Nov. 5 parachuting accident over the Gulf of Mexico.

“As of right now, (there is) zero impact to memorial services today,” Nicholson said in the email, sent shortly before 9 a.m. Friday.

According to Cole, in addition to its routine security precautions, Eglin AFB conducts a number of active-shooter drills throughout the year. The next drill is scheduled for January, she said.

Beyond the routine security precautions at Eglin, the base has a weapons policy covering firearms and a host of other weapons that, among other things, requires on-base residents to register their firearms through their commander, and to store their weapons at the 96th Security Forces Squadron armory. The policy also prohibits concealed weapons, and automatic weapons from base property.

In addition, people transporting firearms and other weapons off base must follow specific routes from the storage site to one of Eglin’s gates, according to the policy.

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