WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDHN) — The U.S. Navy has released the names of the three sailors killed in the mass shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola Friday morning.
The three sailors were students of Naval Aviation Schools Command. Here are their names:
- Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, of Enterprise, Alabama
- Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida
- Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Georgia (The Navy has not released a photo of Walters.)
In an article provided by the Office of the Navy Chief of Information, a commanding officer expressed sorrow at the three servicemember’s deaths and commended their bravery.
“The Sailors that lost their lives in the line of duty and showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil,” Capt. Tim Kinsella said. “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.”
NAS Pensacola has reopened but only to essential staff, although residents will be able to return home. Both the National Naval Aviation Museum and the Barrancas National Cemetery will be closed pending further action.
To help those affected directly and indirectly by the shooting, the Navy opened an Emergency Family Assistance Center Saturday at the Fleet and Family Service Center. Those who need help can contact them at 850-452-5990.