In a second military base shooting this week, another shooter opened fire in the Naval Air Station Pensacola. This follows a shooting at Drydock 2 in Pearl Harbor earlier this week that also killed two civilians.
In the Pensacola shooting, the similarities are striking: there is no known motive, there were two deaths and others injured, and the shooter didn’t survive the incident.
Only two days after the Pearl Harbor shooting, an as-yet-unnamed assailant opened fire at 6:30 am at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. According to an official Navy tweet, the gunman is dead as of the time of this writing. “Active shooter is deceased. One additional fatality has been confirmed. Unknown number of injured people being transferred to local hospitals,” the tweet reads.
A nearby hospital, Baptist Health Care, confirmed that they have received five injured shooting victims who are receiving treatment. The exact number of injured is currently unknown, and police are investigating further. At the time of this writing, it’s unknown whether the shooter was military personnel or what their motivation in the killing was.
As of the time of this writing, investigators are trying to determine whether the shooter had any connections to the victims or if they were simply choosing their targets at random. In either event, the base had a quick response to the situation, putting everyone on lockdown as soon as the gunfire started.
“Both gates of NASP are currently secured due to reports of an active shooter,” read an official post early Friday morning.
Not only is this the second military shooting of the week, but it also follows a number of rumors made in nearby Escambria County that a mass shooting would be taking place on Thursday. While the rumors were eventually discredited, they put the entire student body on edge and additional security was brought to the school to help ease students’ minds.
As the US grapples with its unique shame of constant mass shooting deaths, arguments continue to rage over what kind of action could be taken to curtail the violence. The conversation remains in deadlock, as there seems to be no consensus on how to prevent this from happening.