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FBI releases photo of NAS Pensacola shooter as military calls for increased security checks across US bases

U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) has called for increased random security checks at all sites across Northern Command following the deadly shootings at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in Florida.

Meanwhile, the FBI on Friday night released its official photo of the Saudi gunman at NAS Pensacola, who has been identifed as Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was a student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command.

NORTHCOM said an advisory was sent out Friday night calling for the increase in security checks.

“Given the recent attacks at two military installations, the Commander, U.S. Northern Command has directed all DoD [Defense Department] installations, facilities and units within the U.S. Northern Command area of responsibility to immediately assess force protection measures and implement increased random security measures appropriate for their facilities,” Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hatfield told Fox News.

“The advisory also told leaders to remind their workforce to remain alert and if they see something, to say something by immediately reporting to appropriate authorities any suspicious activity they may observe,” Hatfield said.

NORTHCOM is one of the military’s 11 combatant commands and provides military support for the continental U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas.

NAVY IDENTIFIES GUNMAN AND VICTIMS FROM PEARL HARBOR SHOOTING

On Friday morning, a gunman from Saudi Arabia identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani opened fire at NAS Pensacola, killing three people.

The FBI on Friday night released its official photo of the Pensacola shooter, a 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was a student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command.

The FBI asked anyone with information regarding Alshamrani and his activities to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

FBI Jacksonville is not aware of any credible threat toward the Pensacola community at this time, its public affairs office said.

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The NAS Pensacola shooter is identified as Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old 2nd LT in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was a student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command. (FBI)

Six Saudi nationals were also detained for questioning regarding the incident.

The Saudi shooter wielded a handgun — even though firearms are not permitted at the base — before he was taken out by a pair of officers.

6 SAUDI NATIONALS DETAINED FOR QUESTIONING AFTER NAS PENSACOLA SHOOTING: OFFICIAL

Security was tightened at the base four or five years ago: the front gate is closed to civilians, and it would take them about 45 minutes to get through security. Not every car is always checked, but with increased random security checks more of them would be.

NAS Pensacola is home to the Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity’s International Training Center, which the Navy says was “established in 1988 to meet the aviation-specific training needs of international officers and enlisted students from allied nations.”

The majority of the hundreds of foreign aviation students who have participated in the program are, like the gunman, from Saudi Arabia, the Navy said. Sources told Fox News that Alshamrani was “early” in his training.

The AFP reported that Alshamrani posted a short manifesto to Twitter before the shooting. The FBI told Fox News that it was aware of the anti-American Twitter post, but would not comment on whether it was looking into it as part of the investigation.

A U.S. official said Saturday that the suspect also hosted a dinner party the week of the shooting where he and several others watched videos of mass shootings.

On Wednesday, Navy sailor Gabriel Antonio Romero opened fire at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii. Romero fatally shot three civilians before turning the gun on himself.

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Romero was an active-duty U.S. Navy petty officer who was just shy of his two-year anniversary with the Navy.

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New York man eats Art Basel banana that sold for $120G

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Remember the banana duct-taped to a wall and labeled “art” that sold for $120,000? On Saturday, a New York man walked up to the art installation and ate the banana.

The banana art, titled “Comedian,” was the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It a part of Emmanuel Perrotin’s outer gallery wall at Art Basel in Miami Beach. The piece sold for $120,000 to a French art collector.

Around 1:45 p.m. in front of a convention center full of art lovers, New York-based performance artist David Datuna ate the banana, gallery representatives told the Miami Herald.

He called it “Hungry Artist.”

A dismayed Peggy Leboeuf, a partner at Perrotin Gallery, frantically told Datuna, “But you’re not supposed to touch the art!”

BANANA DUCT-TAPED TO WALL SELLS FOR $120G AT MIAMI ART EVENT 

The gallery reported the incident to security, but Datuna slipped away.

Lucien Terras, director of museum relations, said the work was still salvageable.

The work came with a Certificate of Authenticity, and a disclaimer that owners may replace the banana as needed.

“He did not destroy the artwork. The banana is the idea,” Terras said. Apparently the collectors are buying the certificate — the banana is not made to last.

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“This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras added. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.”

Perrotin, the gallery owner, was on his way to the airport when he heard the banana had been eaten. Immediately enraged, he turned around and headed back to the gallery. One of the gallery viewers tried to cheer him up by handing him another banana.

Perrotin and a gallery assistant taped the new banana back to the wall.

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“It’s not about the piece. It’s an art performance. Maurizio Cattelan, I love him. One artist eats another artist. It’s fun,” Datuna told the New York Post about eating the banana.

Cattelan was the artist behind the 18-karat gold toilet named “America” that was widely touted as anti-Trump art. It was on display in a public restroom in the Guggenheim in New York City in 2016.

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Esper: Reports claiming additional US troops being sent to Middle East are ‘false’

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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Saturday that reports saying as many as 14,000 additional troops would be heading to the Middle East to counter Iran are “false.”

Esper sat down with Fox News’ Bret Baier at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, to discuss threats from the Middle East, China, North Korea and other parts of the world, and the U.S. military’s readiness to tackle such threats.

“Those are false reports,” Esper said of the media’s coverage this week that the U.S. was considering sending up to 14,000 more troops to the Middle East. “I don’t know where they came from.”

“We’ve deployed 14,000 troops since May of this year. But right now, I’m not looking at any major deployments coming up in the region,” Esper said when Baier asked if additional troops would be sent to the Middle East.

“That said, on a day-to-day basis, we monitor what’s happening in the Middle East, on the Korean Peninsula, in the European theater, all over the world. And we make adjustments to our forces up or down based on what the needs of the commander are. And that happens again, routinely. That’s just what we do,” Esper continued.

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Esper said that the14,000 troops deployed since May came just before Iranians were seizing or trying to disable ships in the Strait of Hormuz, when Iran allegedly bombed Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, and when the U.S. had to shoot down an Iranian drone. He said he deployed some additional forces a month or so later, but since that time “we haven’t seen that level of activity.”

However, Esper did concede that the threat from Iran to the U.S. is increasing.

“Given what’s happening in the streets of Iran these days, you see a regime under stress. It’s a good thing that the Iranian people are also seeking the prosperity, the liberty, the freedoms that we enjoy in this country, “ Esper said.

“So, you see a regime increasingly under stress. I think we need to be prepared for any contingency,” he said.

Two defense officials told Fox News this week that the Pentagon is considering a plan to add up to 7,000 additional forces to the Middle East to counter an increasing threat from Iran.

IRANIAN FORCES MAY HAVE KILLED MORE THAN 1,000 IN RECENT PROTESTS, OFFICIAL SAYS 

Recent reports have found that Iranian forces may have killed more than 1,000 protesters. The demonstrations began after the government, amidst economic discontent, raised the price of gasoline by 50 percent.

Baier asked Esper if he saw any evidence of missiles going into Iraq from Iran, which could threaten U.S. troops stationed in Iraq.

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Esper said he would not comment on anything “in terms of intelligence,” but there had been reports about rockets being fired at American forces on bases in Iraq.

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Abandoned baby giraffe in South Africa, who pics went viral after befriending dog, dies

A baby giraffe that became unlikely best friends with a dog after being abandoned in the wild has died, the “heartbroken” South African animal orphanage announced Friday on Facebook.

Jazz collapsed on Thursday at the Rhino Orphanage from hyphema coupled with brain hemorrhaging due to either a genetic defect or an under-developed value system, the orphanage said.

“He couldn’t regulate blood pressure to his brain and therefore bleeding between the ventricles occurred,” the orphanage wrote. “All our efforts were in vain.”

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In this Friday Nov 22, 2019 file photo, Hunter, a young Belgian Malinois, keeps an eye on Jazz, a nine-day-old giraffe at the Rhino orphanage in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Jazz, who was brought in after being abandoned by his mother at birth, died of brain hemorrhaging and hyphema it was announced Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

When he arrived at the orphanage at just 3 days old, Jazz befriended Hunter, a Belgian Malinois, who started looking after the newcomer.

A video posted on Nov. 22 showed Jazz licking the fur of Hunter before the pair are wrapped in their own adorable animal embraces.

“Just when we thought it couldn’t get any cuter, sweeter and more heart-warming, this happened,” the video caption read. “The bond and understanding between Jazz the giraffe and Hunter our […] Belgian Malinois is astonishing.”

As Jazz’s health began to deteriorate, the animal orphanage said Hunter knew something was wrong.

“[Hunter] suddenly stayed by the giraffe’s side again not going outside,” they said on Facebook. “Jazz took his last breath with Hunter and all his human mommies by his side.”

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Janie Van Heerden fed Jazz, a 9-day-old giraffe at the Rhino orphanage in the Limpopo province of South Africa. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

The pup reportedly sat in front of the empty room for hours before going to its caretakers “for comfort.”

Over the past couple of weeks, the orphanage had continued to give progress udpates on Jazz, who arrived weak and dehydrated after being found in the wild.

A final photo after Jazz’s passing showed Hunter in front of the closed door of the room where they used to play.

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It received thousands of views and hundreds of comments expressing sadness for the giraffe’s passing and concern for how Hunter would handle the loss of his friend.

In its post, the orphanage paid tribute to Hunter’s loyalty.

“He stayed till the end and said his goodbyes,” it said. “Such a good boy,” adding that Hunter was doing well and would continue training to be a tracking dog.

In its farewell to the giraffe, the orphanage said: “You have taught us so much in the last three weeks and we will remember you fondly.”

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Jazz was buried close to the orphanage, said Arrie van Deventer, the orphanage’s founder.

The Associated Press contributed to the report

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Pearl Harbor attack remembered in somber 78th anniversary ceremony

A somber ceremony was held Saturday at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center to mark the 78th anniversary of the surprise Japanese attack on the Hawaii naval base.

The event was attended by more than 2,000 people, including about a dozen men in their 90s who survived the Dec. 7, 1941, attack that led to the entry of the U.S. into World War II.

“It makes you think of all the servicemen who have passed ahead of me,” said Herb Elfring, 97, of Jackson, Mich. He’s the last of his old regiment who is still alive.

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Marine Cpl. Zachariah Jeavons, 22, of Binghamton, N.Y., meets Pearl Harbor survivor Lou Conter, 98, who was aboard the USS Arizona when the Japanese attacked in 1941, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the 78th anniversary of the attack. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Elfring was in the Army, assigned to the 251st Coast Artillery, part of the California National Guard. The unit’s job was to protect airfields, but they weren’t expecting an attack that morning.

NAVY VET’S ASHES DESTINED FOR SUNKEN PEARL HARBOR BATTLESHIP

Elfring was standing at the edge of his barracks at Camp Malakole a few miles down the coast from Pearl Harbor, reading a bulletin board when Japanese Zero planes flew over.

“I could hear it coming but didn’t pay attention to it until the strafing bullets were hitting the pavement about 15 feet away from me,” he said.

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Herb Elfring, 97, of Jackson, Mich. attends the ceremonies at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Elfring survived the attack on Pearl Harbor as a soldier in the California National Guard’s 251st Coast Artillery. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The ceremony featured a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. — the same minute of the beginning of the attack.

The silence was broken by a flyover of U.S. Air Force fighter jets in missing man formation.

PEARL HARBOR SAILORS LAID TO REST ON SAME DAY IN NJ, KANSAS 78 YEARS AFTER 1941 ATTACK

More than 2,300 members of the U.S. military were killed in the attack. Nearly half — or 1,177 — were Marines and sailors serving on the USS Arizona, a battleship moored in the harbor. The vessel sank within 9 minutes of being hit, taking most of its crew down with it.

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FILE – In this Dec. 7, 1941, file photo, smoke rises from the battleship USS Arizona as it sinks during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (AP Photo, File)

Three USS Arizona survivors are still alive, and Lou Conter, 98, was the only one who attended Saturday’s ceremony.

Conter was sick last year and couldn’t come. He said he likes to attend to remember those who lost their lives.

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“It’s always good to come back and pay respect to them and give them the top honors that they deserve,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nashville cops arrest third teen after several juveniles break out of detention center, one still on the loose

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Police in Nashville have captured a teen accused of murder after he and four others escaped a juvenile detention center last month.

Morris Marsh, 17, was arrested Friday following a vehicle pursuit led by the Juvenile Crime Task Force that ended in the 300 block of Harding Place, Metro Nashville Police said. He is accused of murder in the April 8 death of a 19-year-old man.

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Marsh’s arrest marks the third of four teens who were wanted after escaping from the Juvenile Detention Center in downtown Nashville on Nov. 30.

On Tuesday, Juvenile Crime Task Force and Gang Unit detectives apprehended 16-year-old Decorrius Wright and 15-year-old Calvin Howse outside a condo complex in Madison, just northeast of Nashville.

Police are still on the hunt for Brandon Caruthers, 17, who is on trial for an armed robbery case from August 2018.

The four teens were said to be on a work detail when their supervisor left them to address a fight at another location inside the facility, the Metro Nashville Police Department said in a press release.

The suspects, who were described as “dangerous,” were said to have been gone for at least 35 minutes before being reported to the police. They got into an elevator that was left open and “used staff protocols to ride to the ground floor where they went through a series of doors and exited to the outside,” police said. Three employees were reportedly fired from the detention center for breaking protocol that led to the escape.

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Several of the escapees’ family members have been charged following their capture.

Howse’s sister, Jasmine, surrendered herself to police Friday on “outstanding warrants charging her with being an accessory after the fact of her brother’s escape and facilitation of escape,” Metro Nashville Police Department said in a press release.

Three other people, including his mother and cousin, were arrested on similar charges. Marsh’s mother and brother were also charged with being accessories.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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Saudi student watched mass shooting videos during dinner party before Florida naval base attack: report

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The Saudi national who killed three people Friday morning after opening fire in a classroom at a naval air station in Florida reportedly hosted a dinner party the previous night where he played videos of mass shootings, a U.S. official said Saturday.

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, who was identified as a member of the Saudi military participating in a flight training program for foreign military personnel at Naval Air Station Pensacola, was killed by law enforcement after he fatally shot three people in what investigators are trying to determine was an attack motivated by terrorism.

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While the FBI has declined to name the suspect or elaborate on a possible motive, a U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that federal investigators told him Alshamrani hosted a dinner party the night before to watch videos of mass shootings.

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It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooter acted alone but the U.S. official said authorities also told him that one Saudi student stood outside the building recording while the shooting took place.

10 Saudi students are being held at the base while several others remain unaccounted for, the official continued.

President Trump has remained in line with the FBI, declining to say if the attack was terror-related.

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

Alshamrani reportedly posted a short manifesto to Twitter in which he condemned the U.S. as a “nation of evil.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Naval Air Station shooter wrote manifesto condemning US as ‘nation of evil:’ report

The Saudi national who opened fire in a classroom at a naval air station in Florida Friday morning, killing three before being shot dead by officers, condemned the United States as a “nation of evil” in a post online, reports say.

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, who was said to be a second lieutenant in a flight training program for foreign military personnel at Naval Air Station Pensacola, posted a short manifesto to Twitter where he claimed to be “against evil,” AFP reported, citing the SITE Intelligence Group.

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“America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil,” the post reportedly continued.

According to SITE, a group that monitors jihadist media, Alshamrani allegedly wrote in this manifesto that he “hates” Americans for their supposed crimes against Muslims and “humanity.”

“I’m not against you for just being American, I don’t hate you because your freedoms, I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity,” he wrote, according to the report.

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An active shooter situation was reported Friday morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola. (Fox News)

A spokesperson for Twitter told Fox News in an email statement Saturday that the account was suspended but they declined to comment further as to when the manifesto was tweeted out.

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Alshamrani entered a classroom early Friday morning and opened fired, killing three people and injuring several others, including two Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies, who were the first to respond.

Sources told Fox News that the scene of the shooting — the classroom, where students usually spend three months at the beginning of the program — indicated that the shooter was a student who was “early” in his training.

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The majority of the hundreds of foreign aviation students who have participated in the program are from Saudi Arabia, the Navy said. The Naval training program has about 1,500 pilots in total.

Six Saudi nationals were detained for questioning following Friday’s shooting, although their ties to the shooter were not immediately known.

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The shooting is the second at a U.S. naval base this week. A sailor whose submarine was docked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, opened fire on three civilian employees Wednesday, killing two before taking his own life.

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pearl Harbor gunman was in counseling, facing nonjudicial punishment: military official

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A U.S. Navy sailor who shot three people, killing two and himself with his service weapons at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on Wednesday was undergoing nonjudicial punishment for minor misconduct and had been in counseling, a military official said Friday on condition of anonymity.

The shooter was also unhappy with his commanders, the official added.

Navy officials Friday said they are still investigating the gunman’s motive for the attack, which unfolded in 23 seconds, but said it was isolated and there was no evidence of domestic terrorism.

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The victims were identified as Roldan Agustin, 49, and Vincent Kapoi Jr., 30. A third victim was in a hospital in critical condition.

“We will forever remember Roldan to be humble and honest, and a generous and patient man,” Agustin’s family said in a statement.

Kapoi’s family described him as an “easy-going, fun-loving, ‘let’s do this’ man.”

The shooting has prompted some to question the access to mental health care in the Navy, Hawaii News Now reported.

The shooter was on watch at the shipyard for the submarine USS Columbia when he opened fire. It’s not clear if his victims were targeted or random.

Retired Army Col. Gregory Gross, who was a former Navy judge, said the nonjudicial punishment could have been for something as small as being late for work.

He said if the misconduct was serious, officials could have easily taken away his service weapons and removed him from watch duty.

“All it takes is for the commander to say, ‘You’re not getting a weapon,’ and he would be taken off that watch,” he said.

The Wednesday morning shooting came just days before the 78th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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On Friday, a Saudi gunman training at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida fatally shot three people on the base before he was killed by officers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Navy vet’s ashes destined for sunken Pearl Harbor battleship

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — On Dec. 7, 1941, then-21-year-old Lauren Bruner was the second-to-last man to escape the burning wreckage of the USS Arizona after a Japanese plane dropped a bomb that ignited an enormous explosion in the battleship’s ammunition storage compartment.

He lived to be 98 years old, marrying twice and outliving both wives. He worked for a refrigeration company for nearly four decades.

This weekend, divers will place Bruner’s ashes inside the battleship’s wreckage, which sits in Pearl Harbor where it sank during the attack 78 years ago that thrust the United States into World War II. The Southern California man will be the 44th and last crew member to be interred in accordance with this rare Navy ritual. The last three living Arizona survivors plan to be laid to rest with their families.

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The somber ceremony and other events marking the attack anniversary come on the heels of a deadly shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on Wednesday, when a Navy sailor shot and killed two people and wounded a third before taking his life. In another deadly attack at a Navy base Friday, a shooter opened fire in a classroom building at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

A spokesman said Pearl Harbor anniversary events will proceed as scheduled.

Bruner said he wanted to return to his ship because few people go to cemeteries, while more than 1 million people visit the Arizona each year. He also saw it as a way to join old friends who never made it off the warship.

“I thought, well, all my buddies are right here. And there are a lot of people who come to see the ship,” Bruner told The Associated Press in an interview in 2016, three years before he died in his sleep in September. Bruner traveled from his La Mirada, California, home to attend Pearl Harbor anniversary events many times.

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​​​​​​​Lauren Bruner, a survivor of the USS Arizona which was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, holds with a 1940 photo of himself at his home in La Mirada, Calif., Nov. 17, 2016. He died earlier in 2019 at age 98. (Associated Press)

The Navy began interring Pearl Harbor survivors on their old ships in 1982. The wrecks of only two vessels remain in the harbor — the Arizona and USS Utah — so survivors of those ships are the only ones who have the option to be laid to rest this way. Most of the ships hit that day were repaired and put back into service or scrapped.

Neither underwater archaeologists at the Navy History and Heritage Command or those who handle burials for the Navy Personnel Command were aware of any interments conducted on sunken Navy vessels elsewhere.

Of the 1,177 USS Arizona sailors and Marines killed at Pearl Harbor, more than 900 could not be recovered and remain entombed on the ship, which sank in nine minutes. A memorial built in 1962 sits above the wreckage.

Sixty died on the Utah, and three have been interred there. At least one of the three living Utah survivors wants his ashes placed on his old ship.

Bruner’s ashes will be placed aboard the Arizona following a sunset ceremony Saturday, the anniversary of the Japanese attack.

Loved ones will stand on the USS Arizona Memorial’s dock and hand an urn to scuba divers in the water. The divers will guide the container to the barnacled wreckage and carefully place it inside.

Servicemen will then perform a gun salute and present an American flag to next of kin.

Daniel Martinez, chief historian for the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, said the Arizona ceremony honors those who survived the bombing while also offering a reminder of the many lives cut short because of it. Much of it is held fronting a white marble wall engraved with the names of the Arizona sailors and Marines who died in the attack.

“It’s a celebration of a life well lived,” Martinez said.

Joseph Langdell’s ashes were interred on the Arizona in 2015. One of his two sons, Ted Langdell, said his father asked to be placed there out of regard for those who didn’t make it out, as well as for those who survived and worked hard to keep the memory of the Arizona alive.

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Smoke rises from the battleship USS Arizona as it sinks during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Dec. 7, 1941. (Associated Press)

“It’s emotional. It’s reverent. And it makes me think not just of him but of the other people. It’s hard to imagine that all of the sudden, all of these people are gone,” Ted Langdell said.

Saturday’s public Pearl Harbor ceremony, an annual event hosted by the Navy and National Park Service, will observe a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the exact time the attack began. In all, more than 2,300 Americans died.

Bruner didn’t know who was attacking until the planes got close enough for him to see the red Rising Sun insignia on their sides. The aircraft shot at “everything in sight,” he said. Then an explosion tore through his battle station.

He tried to get off the ship as fast as he could, but he couldn’t jump because the oil leaking into the water below was on fire.

Bruner and several fellow shipmates shouted to a sailor on the ship moored next to the Arizona to toss over some rope. The six of them used the rope to carry themselves hand-over-hand to the USS Vestal 100 feet (30 meters) away.

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“You’re like a chicken getting barbecued,” he said. All of them made it, becoming six of the 335 sailors and Marines on the Arizona to survive. Bruner spent months recovering from burns.

He later spoke to school groups and others about his ordeal. His friend Ed Hoeschen, who often accompanied him on these visits, said Bruner never did it for the fame and glory.

“It wasn’t about him,” Hoeschen said. “It was about (people) meeting a member of the USS Arizona. And that’s what he wanted people to remember. Just remember the men of the Arizona.”

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