A member of the Saudi Air Force visiting the United States for military training was the suspect in a shooting that killed four people and injured eight at a U.S. Navy base in Florida on Friday, the state governor and other officials said.
The shooter was killed by sheriff's deputies responding to the dawn incident at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Navy and local sheriff's office said, the second deadly shooting at a U.S. military installation this week.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the suspect was a Saudi national attending training at the base as part of a long-standing Navy program open to U.S. allies. The motive for the violence was under investigation.
"There is obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a part of the Saudi Air Force and then to be here training on our soil," DeSantis said at a news conference.
"The government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims. They are going to owe a debt here, given that this was one of their individuals.
"U.S President Donald Trump said Saudi Arabia's King Salman called him to offer condolences and sympathy to the victims.
First published: 22:20 , 12.06.19