One dead, several injured as gunman opens fire at navy base

One person has been killed and several others are injured after a gunman opened fire in a navy base in Florida.

Escambia Sheriff’s spokeswoman Amber Southard confirmed the gunman had been killed a few minutes after the shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola.

According to local news channel WEAR TV, the sheriff’s deputies at the base fatally shot the gunman.

“One additional fatality has been confirmed,” the navy said in a statement. “Unknown number of injured people being transferred to local hospitals.”

Pensacola Police spokesman Mike Wood confirmed that law enforcement responded to the gunman.

He said at least six injured people were expected at the trauma centre of the Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola.

Seven people were being treated at Baptist Hospital, WEAR TV reported.

A spokesman for the navy base, Jason Bortz, said both gates are closed and the base is on lockdown.

NAS Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to its website.

The shooting comes two days after a sailor shot three civilians at the historic Pearl Harbour military base in Hawaii. He killed two people before taking his own life.

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