ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WALA) -- A mass shooting at the Naval Air Station near Pensacola Friday morning has left four people dead and eight people wounded, according to authorities. The shooter, who opened fire in a classroom, is among the dead, according to Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office officials engaged the shooting suspect and shot and killed him, according to Maj. Andrew Hobbs with the Sheriff’s Office.

The shooter was a member of the Saudi military who was in aviation training at the base, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference. DeSantis spokesman Helen Ferre later said the governor learned about the shooter's identity from briefings with FBI and military officials, The Associated Press reported.

A U.S. official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity identified the shooter as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Two ECSO deputies who responded are among the injured, Morgan said. They responded after ECSO received a report of the shooting at 6:51 a.m., he said.

Sheriff Morgan said one of the wounded deputies was shot in the knee and the other was shot in the arm.

The sheriff said officials have no reason to believe there were other shooters at large.

"The threat has been negated," Morgan said during a news conference just before 10 a.m. "Our community has been secured at this time."

The names of the victims will not be released until 24 hours after the next of kin have been notified, NAS Pensacola said in a 2 p.m. update.

The incident took place at Building 633 at the Naval Air Station, according to the Navy.

Pensacola NAS gate

An entrance to the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla., is pictured Friday morning, Dec. 6, 2019, after a shooting. 

Baptist Hospital in Pensacola told FOX10 News eight victims were transported there. One of those patients is among the dead, according to officials.

Baptist Hospital said medical personnel were treating patients and working with the Navy to communicate with family members. Patient conditions were not available.

Other patients were transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

FBI personnel from Pensacola, Jacksonville and Mobile responded to the station, an FBI spokeswoman told CNN.

President Donald Trump tweeted this message at 12:16 p.m. Friday:

Just received a full briefing on the tragic shooting at NAS Pensacola in Florida, and spoke to @GovRonDeSantis. 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.

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted the following message Friday morning:

Saddened to hear of the horrible shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola & continuing to monitor the situation. Praying for the victims & their families & we commend the first responders for their swift action in taking down the shooter & getting those on base to safety.

Earlier Friday, two U.S. officials identified the shooter as a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force, and said authorities were investigating whether the attack was terrorism-related. They spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose information that had not yet been made public.

Friday night, Fox News reported that, according to a senior U.S. official, six Saudi nationals were arrested near the naval base in Pensacola. Fox reported its source said the suspects were taken into custody and are being questioned about the shooting.

President Trump declined to say Friday whether the shooting was terrorism-related. Trump tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims and noted that he had received a phone call from Saudi King Salman.

He said the king told him 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."

Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott issued a scathing statement calling the shooting an act of terrorism “whether this individual was motivated by radical Islam or was simply mentally unstable."

Scott added that it was “clear that we need to take steps to ensure that any and all foreign nationals are scrutinized and vetted extensively before being embedded with our American men and women in uniform.”

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement Friday that he was “considering several steps to ensure the security of our military installations and the safety of our service members and their families." He did not elaborate.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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