Trump, Pence send thoughts and prayers to victims, families of Pensacola naval base shooting


President Donald Trump, center, with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, before signing an executive order to end family separations at the border, during an event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

PENSACOLA (KRON) – A total of four people are dead following an active shooter situation at NAS Pensacola, a Naval Air Station in Florida.

Three victims have been confirmed dead.

The shooter also died, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Vice President Mike Pence sent his condolences to the victims and their families via Twitter.

“Praying for the victims & their families & we commend the first responders for their swift action in taking down the shooter & get those on base to safety,” Pence tweeted, in part.

The tweet came in between a variety of tweets and retweets from President Donald Trump talking about the economy.

The president has been active on Twitter this morning, as expected.

But as of 8:28 a.m., hasn’t mentioned anything about the shooting yet.

At 10:16 a.m., President Trump tweeted about the tragic event.

He said he had just received a full briefing on the shooting.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. We are continuing to monitor the situation as the investigation is ongoing,” he tweeted.

News had just broke out that the shooting suspect was an aviation student from Saudi Arabia, and that authorities are investigating if the shooting was terrorism-related.

Trump also tweeted that he spoke to King Salman from Saudi Arabia, who expressed his sincere condolences and wanted to make it clear that the incident doesn’t reflect the Saudi people.

“….The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people,” the tweet read.

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