U.S. Navy Identifies Three Sailors Killed in NAS Pensacola Shooting

The U.S. Navy identified the three sailors who were killed during a shooting incident at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Dec. 6.

The deceased are Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, from Coffee, Alabama; Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, from St. Petersburg, Florida; an Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, from Richmond Hill, Georgia. All are students at Naval Aviation Schools Command (NAVAVSCOLSCOM, NASC).

“The sorrow from the tragic event on NAS Pensacola will have a lasting impact on our installation and community,” said Capt. Tim Kinsella, commanding officer, NAS Pensacola. “We feel the loss profoundly and grieve with the family and friends of the deceased. The Sailors that lost their lives in the line of duty and showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil. When confronted, they didn’t run from danger; they ran towards it and saved lives. If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse.”

The installation is now open to mission essential personnel only through the weekend. according to a statement released by the Office of the Navy Chief of Information (CHINFO), Rear Adm. Charlie Brown.

“Families who live on base will have access to the base and their residences. The National Naval Aviation Museum is closed until further notice. The Barrancas National Cemetery is closed to visitors until further notice”, the statement added.

The FBI on Saturday officially identified the suspect as Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). He was a student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command.

Following the shooting incident, a number of Saudi nationals were also reportedly detained. The FBI is now the lead investigative agency.

Naval Air Station Pensacola (NAS Pensacola, “The Cradle of Naval Aviation”, is a U.S. Navy base located next to Warrington, Florida, a community southwest of the Pensacola city limits. The base is best known as the initial primary training base for all U.S.Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officers pursuing designation as Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers, the advanced training base for most Naval Flight Officers, and as the home base for the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.

NAS Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to the base’s website.

The incident comes just days after the Dec. 4 shooting incident at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) near Honolulu, Hawaii. The reports indicated that the shooter and two shipyard civilian employees were deceased with one shipyard civilian is in stable condition at a local hospital.

The two victims were identified as Vincent J. Kapoi of Hawaii, Metals Inspector Apprentice at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Roldan A. Agustin of Hawaii, Shop Planner (Nondestructive Testing) at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. The shooter was identified as Machinist’s Mate Auxiliary Fireman Gabriel Antonio Romero of Texas, assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771).

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