A younger graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, whose dream was to turn into a pilot, is being hailed a hero after he reportedly associated essential details about the identification of the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola shooter to first responders, regardless of having been shot a number of instances, a member of the family revealed.
Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, was confirmed as one of many three victims who was killed Friday morning when Saudi nationwide Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani opened fireplace on a flight coaching program for international army personnel, Adam Watson revealed in a Fb put up.
In an interview to air Sunday with Fox Information’ Chris Wallace, Protection Secretary Mark Esper mentioned all three victims have been People. Two have been members of the U.S. Navy, a senior Pentagon official instructed Fox Information.
“Today has been the worst day of my life. My youngest brother gave his life for his country in a senseless shooting,” Watson’s put up learn.
“After being shot a number of instances he made it exterior and instructed the primary response group the place the shooter was and people particulars have been invaluable. He died a hero and we’re past proud however there’s a [hole] in our hearts that may by no means be crammed,” he added.
Watson’s father Benjamin instructed USA Today that his son was the officer on deck on the time of the capturing and sustained not less than 5 gunshot wounds earlier than having the ability to make it out to relay vital details about the shooter earlier than succumbing to his accidents.
“Heavily wounded, he made his way out to flag down first responders and gave an accurate description of the shooter,” he instructed the outlet. “He died serving his country.”
Watson, a rifle group captain, was reportedly despatched to NAS two weeks earlier than the capturing for flight coaching.
His household mentioned his dream was to turn into a Navy pilot.
Watson died together with two different folks, who’ve but to be recognized, when Alshamrani — armed with a handgun — opened fireplace on an unsuspecting classroom.
The suspect, who was killed by police fireplace, reportedly posted a brief manifesto to Twitter by which he condemned the U.S. and Israel.
“I am not in opposition to you for simply being American, I do not hate you as a result of your freedoms, I hate you as a result of on daily basis you supporting, funding and committing crimes not solely in opposition to Muslims but additionally humanity,” he wrote, based on an AFP report.
Twitter suspended the account however declined to remark additional.
Fox Information’ Jessica Loker contributed to this report.