Police Update On Shooting At Naval Air Station Pensacola | NBC News (Live Stream Recording)

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Published: 12/06/2019 07:11 PM

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Northwest florida, but throughout the navy, nationwide and really around the world because of so many people that have been involved in this base in one way or another, and i know that the president is actively monitoring. I'M in the white house and the thoughts and prayers go out to everybody. We at the state of florida have already dispatched support. Our department of emergency management is se ...
t a mental health coordinator to talk to any of the witnesses any of the victims, the families and offer whatever support they can get. Department of children and families has sent a mobile response team to the hospital we have fatalities, but we also have people who are wounded. Some likescam bia deputies look like they're going to be. Ok, some are still in surgery, so we're praying hard for those folks. I think there's obviously going to be a lot of questions about. You know this individual being a foreign national being a part of the the saudi air force and then to be here, training on our soil that to do this and the fbi is working with dod they're working with fdle they're working with the scampia county sheriff's. To answer those questions, one of the things that i talked to the president about is given that this was a foreign national in the employ of a foreign service is and it'll be time to do, thisbut, but obviously the the government of saudi arabia needs to to Make make things better for these victims and i think that they they're gon na owe a debt here, given that this is one of their individuals. But what i can tell you is the response that we saw from the deputies at escambia county, some of the active-duty personnel, responding to the scene and you'll hear more in depth to some of these stories as the days go on. But i can tell you: lives were saved because of the response of people, both in uniform with the navy in uniform, with the sambia county and and so in one of the darkest days i think, of thebases history.

You still saw some of that bravery and grit come out, and even people who had been wounded themselves thinking about others and what could be done to save others. And so those stories are inspiring and keeps us going on a very otherwise very bad day and that i'm going to bring up the base commander. Hello, everybody again: captain tim kinsler, the commanding officer of naval air station pensacola. This has been a very, very difficult day for us for our families for the navy family. Here i all i can tell you is that i am absolutely in awe of the response by our sailors, by our civilian dod and by the escambia county sheriff'sdepartment. There are some real heroism today i mean real heroism. It made me i'm devastated, we are, we are in shock. This is surreal, but i couldn't be prouder to wear the uniform that i wear because of my brothers and sisters in uniform civilian or otherwise. That did what they did today to save lives and for our brothers and sisters here with the state of florida and with escambia county emergency management on the often the sheriff's department from my part of my heart. Thank you. Thank you for the support and thank you for support governor the days ahead are going to be difficult when, when it finally sinks in what has happened here, the mostimportant thing going forward for us is to support the families. They are family they're, our family, we're a family here in the apartment of the navy, so that's where most of our efforts would be going through supporting those families and the people that have been affected by this terrible tragedy with.

Thank you. Everyone, we think, occur all the prayers for the escambia county officers and, of course, for the injured navy personnel. As the governor has said, and captain kinsella, while a dark day, you know folks, this shows who we are. It shows the best of who we are in that one of us needs help. Everybody responds. I will tell you this morning: i've beenmore than impressed by the federal bureau of investigation in the us attorney's office and all of those folks that when the call went out you didn't need to look behind you who was following you through that door, because you knew They were all standing behind you and they were there together and so we're in a recovery mode right now this is going to be a lengthy investigation. Do not expect quick answers. There'S going to be some parts of this investigation, not only that we're a part of with the fbi and the atf and the state authorities that you may never have access to. Just because of the fact that again, the nature of the caseand who we're dealing with that will be extremely frustrating for you. This is something i talk about in your government and your elected officials today that no one speaks of, and that's called trust, you're gon na, have to trust us we're going to tell you what you need to know to keep our communities in our state in our Nation, safe, and i want to also assure you that, from the men and women of the escambia county sheriff's office, who are more than proud to serve every day, that you will hear the truth from us as best we can tell you pray for the navy personnel There are grieving mothers and fathers today who will never recoverfrom this day, and if you don't believe me, let me give you a david morgan test in two weeks. Time remember the names of who was wounded and killed here today, and you won't you won't, but if today it was a member of your family that was wounded or killed today this day will be etched in your memory for the rest of your life. That'S what the families of the navy personnel are dealing with today.

They need your prayers, they need your comfort and that's why. This morning i asked for your assistance in helping us deal with this case. We'Re gon na get there give us a little bit of time and we'll provide all ofthe answers that we can for you. You can be proud of your community. You can be proud of your navy, thank god for the united states of america governor. Thank you. So much for being here and as part of that - and i just want to say out to all of our scam b county residents, city of pensacola, how grateful we are that you've you're here we've certainly gotten calls from our congressmen or senators and even the white House, and certainly they have expressed anything that they can do for our community. They are willing to do, and so we very much appreciate that this is a tragic day for the city of pensacola. Again, i thinkthe world of our base commander here tim captain kinsella, who always says that, as goes the base, so goes the town and, as goes the town, so goes the base, there's a deep affinity and relationship between pensacola naas and the city of pensacola, and certainly The men and women that work here and serve our country every day. This is a sad day, but i think some of the things that were said there that you've heard this is also a community of great resiliency and i'm confident that both na s and the city of pensacola will bounce back from this day and be stronger. As we go through, but again, i'm certainly here in support ofeveryone and certainly want to thank all of our first responders, especially those escambia county, sheriff's deputies that got here and took care of neutralizing the threat, and certainly all of our pensacola police officers that were here Assisting we had ems from scam b county, as well as fire and rescue from both escambia county, the city of pensacola. We certainly all of our first responders in what they do every day to keep us protected.

You never know when you're going to have a day like december 6. So again, thank you to all those individuals who serve us every day and take care of us, that's which the professionalism you can expect from the city of pensacolain escambia county, and we certainly appreciate all of all those who've come the governor everyone else. The state of florida has reached out to us all across the state and we appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers. Please continue to keep thinking about pensacola naas and the people there, and we will bounce back from this. Thank you. I think we have time myself for some of the others. If there's any questions governor as a former member of the navy corps or officer who served, how would you expect this? Well, i think that i think the fbi is probably going to brief you guys in due time and i think they're they're leading for it butbut. Obviously you know when you have a foreign national involve you know, particularly in that part of the world. The investigation is obviously going to be different than if it were just somebody from a local community and - and i think you'll see that as things go on yeah what the captain, if he wants the way we have a international training syllabus, we have students from from Several different countries that come here they learn aviation. They become, they believe aiders while they're. Here it's something that we've been doing for quite a while, and it's with our partner nations. It'S it's important, but a cross-pollination across training that we do with our allies is is something that'sthat we've done for a long time.

I mean in world war two we had royal air force folks that were training here, there's always been international students training here, because it's a good place to train and it's a good quality training. I can't speak to the exact number of international students. Second, he was just in the aviation pipeline, so would you say he was he was training in aviation? I don't want to. I don't want to get into that. That'S that's up to the fbi to complete their investigation to see exactly it would be speculation on my part again, i'm not going to speak to where he was in the pipeline or he's exacttraining right now. That'S weapons are not authorized donbass. You kind of you can't bring your weapon on base yeah. That'S that's something that's difficult for me to speak here, because our security measures well they're they're weak even to ourselves for a reason they fight. If i talk to you about our security measures, but i will say that we practice to this - this is part of our training, our master, our arms and our civilian dod, along with escambia county and and sheriff department and west pensacola police department. We train to active shooter scenarios where nearly we just did one recently so this is, we never expect it, but we train for it and we remain evervigilant for it again. I'M i'm not going to speculate on the particulars of the of the investigation or exactly what happened. Thank you very much.

I appreciate it. Thank you. I appreciate that we've been to the hospital, of course, to see the officers and their families in to kind of reinforce what captain kinsella just said. We do active shooter training, it's both on-site training and also computer simulations that we train with the dod police and the master-at-arms program in the navy, and so this was an actual example of where all that training comes into being. And how do we react to this and how do we coordinate and communicate with each other and so youknow? Unfortunately, that training was put to the test today. I'Ll tell you it's hard to speak to that without tearing up. I could not be prouder of the men and women, the escambia county sheriff's office. They ran to the fight not from the fight and even though they knew there was an active shooter and again, the chances of putting your life in danger are great guess where they went they went inside. So let me tell you, the best of our community was on scene today and that's why i turned out the way it did it. Well, just very briefly, you know we have a precinct not too far off the base. You know thank godthe call came in. We had officers that were available.

It was about a three to five minute response. The call came in at ten minutes to 7:00 this morning. I won't get into a lot of specifics on that because of the fbi, investigation and here's. Let me explain why we don't do that folks, there's a whole lot of witnesses out there that are listening to these programs that are on social media texting each other. The worst thing in law enforcement that can happen to you is for me to get a second third and fourth and story from an eyewitness from someone who was there, who has a clear understanding of what occurred this morning, butnow they're reading all the texts that they've Sent people and people have sent back to them and what they see on the television tonight, and so that memory, which is very distinct right, now becomes clouded, and now we begun to tell a blended story. It wasn't really what i observed: it's what you observe it and i observed, and that we shared it with ten other people. So we want to be very careful with that. It that's why i really think this captain can sell, has told you unfortunately many times we don't want to get into that, because if you were a witness, i would want to know where you were at in the building whattime. You were there. When did you hear the first shot, you know, what did you do? Was your actions there? Did you ever get eyes on the shooter etc? Did you help evacuate the building? Those are things that are critical for developing timelines. Even to the point of angle of trajectory where students are running from the facts have been established that we have unfortunately now four dead, eight injured. It was a handgun able to address whether or not the shooters room was raided.

I will not. I will not confirm that and folks, i know the answers to your questions. I am not answering or confirming it not, because i'm attempting to be trite. It'S becausei am not the cognizant authority for this investigation. What that means is the fbi, the atf, the ncis on base are the lead agencies on this. We are a support element, and so, while i have the answer to your questions, i am not at liberty to answer them. We now have an additional person to know person, yes, jason bourne public affairs officer for insulation, we're gon na start the press conference right now we have warm from each don't come out later, we'll be sure to show those everybody. Thank you very much for your time. Thank you.

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