A young graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy is being hailed a hero after he reportedly relayed crucial information about the identity of the gunmen in the Pensacola Naval Air Station shooting to first responders, despite having been shot several times, a family member revealed.
According to Fox News, Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, was confirmed as one of the three victims who was killed Friday morning when Saudi national Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani opened fire on a flight training program for foreign military personnel, Adam Watson revealed in a Facebook post.
“Today has been the worst day of my life. My youngest brother gave his life for his country in a senseless shooting,” Watson’s post read.
In an interview set to air Sunday with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said all three victims were Americans. Two were members of the U.S. Navy, a senior Pentagon official told Fox News.
Watson died along with two other people, who have yet to be publicly identified when the shooter Alshamrani who was armed with a handgun opened fire on an unsuspecting classroom.
The gunman was killed by police fire, he reportedly posted a short manifesto to Twitter in which he condemned the U.S. and Israel.