UPDATE: Four Dead, Seven Injured In NAS Pensacola Shooting

December 6, 2019

Four people are dead after an active shooter at NAS Pensacola just before 7 a.m. Friday.

The shooter and two other victims passed away at the scene of the shooting; one later died at the hospital. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Congressman Matt Gaetz have confirmed the shooter was a Saudi national.

There were seven additional victims being treated at Baptist Hospital, including two deputies. One deputy was shot in the knee and was in surgery; the second deputy was shot in the arm. Both are expected to recover, according to Sheriff David Morgan.

Morgan confirmed that Escambia County deputies “did negate the threat”, shooting and killing the gunman at the scene.

The gunman used a handgun, Morgan said.

The names of the victims will not be released until notification of next of kin is made.

NAS Commander Tim Kinsella said the shooting occurred in a classroom building and played out over two floors of the building. The shooting occurred in Building 633.

Kinsella would not speculate if the incident might be terrorism.

“I don’t even want to speculate on that,” Kinsella said.

“This is a tragic day for Pensacola,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. “Our hearts and prayers (are with) all those that serve us everyday,” Mayor Grover Robinson said. “This is a resilient community. We will overcome this.”

The public should avoid the entire area around the base; the base is locked down and closed until further notice.

There was a World War II Remembrance ceremony planned for 10 a.m. today at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The Tate High School Vocal Jazz and Wind Ensemble were scheduled to perform. NorthEscambia.com has confirmed that the Tate High School students were not yet on base.

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Further details will be posted as they become available.

Pictured: NAS Commander Tim Kinsella during a press conference near the base main gate Friday morning. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

First Scene Photo: NAS Pensacola Shooting At Building 633

December 6, 2019

The mass shooting at NAS Pensacola Friday morning occurred in Building 633, a large multi-story classroom building.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting incident occurred across two floor of the building. Three people, including the gunman, died inside Building 633. One person shot inside the building later died at Baptist Hospital.

NorthEscambia.com has obtained this exclusive photo of the scene outside Building 633 this morning.

For the latest on the NAS Pensacola shooting, click here.

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Sixth Person Charged In Theft of 31 Guns, 100 Knives In Cantonment

December 6, 2019

A sixth person has now been charged in connection with a July burglary on Pinoak Lane in Cantonment in which 31 firearms were stolen, along with a approximately 100 knives, two chain saws, a Suzuki ATV and assorted camouflage clothing items. The items were collectively valued at $20,000.

Hunter Grant Myrick, 30, was booked into the Escambia County Jail on a felony burglary charge and 15 counts of grand theft of a firearm in the Pineoak Lane case. He was also charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle for allegedly stealing a GMC Yukon from Escambia Avenue in Cantonment in August. His bond was set at $182,500.

Joann Marie Witt, 40, and Joseph Randall Bush, 36, were charged in October with 31 counts of grand theft of a firearm, dealing in stolen property, and burglary.

Martin Joseph Shaughnessy, 35; Dawn Cheree Brooks, 39; and Charles Kettering, 42, were also previously arrested in the case. They were each charged with 15 counts of felony grand theft of a firearm and one count of burglary. In addition, Shaughnessy was charged with felony resisting an officer with violence, misdemeanor resisting an officer without violence and violation of probation, and Brooks was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle.

In August, Myrick was arrested after fleeing from a traffic safety checkpoint and leading officers on a high speed pursuit at speeds reaching near 100 mph through northern Baldwin County, Mobile County and into Washington County. Myrick was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, attempting to elude and multiple traffic offenses in Alabama.

Man Convicted Of Attempted Murder Of Deputy During Chase That Ended On Nine Mile Road

December 6, 2019

An Escambia County man that opened fire on deputies during a wild 10-mile long high speed chase that ended on Nine Mile Road has been convicted on multiple charges.

Christopher Michael Chancey of Ten Mile Road was convicted by an Escambia County jury of attempted second degree murder with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, three counts of attempted
manslaughter by act and one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer in an agency vehicle with siren and lights activated. For the attempted second degree murder with a firearm on a law enforcement officer charge, the jury also found that chancey discharged a firearm and was in actual possession of a firearm.

Chancey faces up tolLife in prison with a 20 year minimum mandatory. State Attorney Bill Eddins said prosecutors will be seeking a life sentence when he sentenced in February.

A deputy attempted to stop a 2003 Dodge Dakota driven by Chancey at the intersection of Jackson Street and Old Corry Field Road after an improper lane change.  The vehicle accelerated away, passing other vehicles in no passing zones. The deputy turned off his emergency lights and discontinued the attempted traffic stop.

A second deputy observed the vehicle slide out of a parking lot and turn northbound on New Warrington Road at a high rate of speed. The deputy attempted a traffic stop as someone fired a weapon at him from the vehicle. The deputy reported seeing the muzzle flash and hearing the gunfire, at which time he swerved his patrol vehicle to avoid being shot. Multiple deputies joined in the chase.

At Fairfield Drive and South Dakota Street, additional shots were fired at deputies. Chancery then turned on W Street and then onto Pensacola Boulevard. On Pensacola Boulevard, the vehicle continued northbound in the southbound lanes. Deputies continue to purse the vehicle as it turned eastbound onto Nine Mile Road.

At the intersection of Nine Mile Road and Old Palafox, a deputy ended the chase by using the PIT-maneuver. The driver, later identified as Chancey, ran from truck. He was taken into custody at gunpoint after a brief foot chase.

A search of the vehicle revealed numerous bullet holes in the rear glass of the vehicle and a hole in the tailgate. A 9mm handgun was found on the ground outside the driver’s door of the pickup with an empty magazine and chamber. A second unloaded 9mm magazine was on the driver’s seat.

Chancey has several prior convictions including convictions for possession with intent to sell pseudoephedrine, sell, manufacture, deliver or possess a controlled substance with the intent to sell, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy/ unlawful possession of listed chemical, driving while license revoked pursuant to habitual offender, burglary of unoccupied dwelling, grand theft, pawnbroker transaction fraud, possession of controlled substance, resisting officer without violence as well as several other charges.

Chase images are from a low quality reader submitted video for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Authorities Say Social Media Rumors Of Planned Tate High Shooting Are Unfounded

December 5, 2019

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the Escambia County School District are investigating rumored threats of violence Friday at Tate High School. Both say the threats circulating on social media are unfounded, and they are reassuring parents that Tate High will be a safe place on Friday and everyday.

One of the Snapchat images circulating on social media states that some is “gonna shoot up the school”, but does not actually state when or even what school.

“The Escambia County Sheriffs Office is aware of the rumors of a possible school shooting circulating social media. As of now there are no credible threats,” Amber Southard, ECSO spokesperson said. “We are going to continue to work with the Escambia County School District and extra personal will be in place at Tate High School.”

“We are aware of social media posts. Potential threats are evaluated by both school officials and law enforcement,” Escambia County School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas said Thursday night “Any student proven to make threats against a student or school will be charged with a crime and removed from the school.”

The rumored threats of violence at Tate come after the battery of a student on Wednesday. Read more…

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