//FBI releases picture of NAS Pensacola shooter as army requires elevated safety checks throughout US bases

FBI releases picture of NAS Pensacola shooter as army requires elevated safety checks throughout US bases

U.S. Northern Command (Northcom) has known as for elevated random safety checks in any respect websites throughout Northern Command following the lethal shootings at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in Florida.

The Navy on Saturday recognized the three victims of the NAS Pensacola taking pictures as Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, of Espresso, Ala.; Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Ga.

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“The Sailors that misplaced their lives within the line of responsibility confirmed distinctive heroism and bravado within the face of evil,” mentioned the Navy chief of knowledge in a press release. “When confronted, they did not run from hazard; they ran in direction of it and saved lives. If not for his or her actions, and the actions of the Naval Safety Drive that have been the primary responders on the scene, this incident might have been far worse.”

“The Sailors that misplaced their lives within the line of responsibility confirmed distinctive heroism and bravado within the face of evil. When confronted, they did not run from hazard; they ran in direction of it and saved lives.”

— U.S. Navy assertion

In the meantime, the FBI on Friday night time launched its official picture of the Saudi gunman at NAS Pensacola, who has been identifed as Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant within the Royal Saudi Air Drive who was a scholar naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Faculties Command.

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)

The NAS Pensacola shooter is recognized as Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old 2nd LT within the Royal Saudi Air Drive who was a scholar naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Faculties Command. (FBI)

Northcom mentioned an advisory was despatched out Friday night time calling for the rise in safety checks.

“Given the latest assaults at two army installations, the Commander, U.S. Northern Command has directed all DoD [Defense Department] installations, amenities and items throughout the U.S. Northern Command space of accountability to instantly assess power safety measures and implement elevated random safety measures acceptable for his or her amenities,” Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hatfield advised Fox Information.

“The advisory additionally advised leaders to remind their workforce to stay alert and in the event that they see one thing, to say one thing by instantly reporting to acceptable authorities any suspicious exercise they might observe,” Hatfield mentioned.

Northcom is without doubt one of the army’s 11 combatant instructions and supplies army assist for the continental U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas.

On Friday morning, a gunman recognized as Alshamrani opened fireplace at NAS Pensacola, killing three.One of many victims, Watson, had been beforehand recognized by his household.

The FBI requested anybody with info relating to Alshamrani and his actions to name 1-800-CALL-FBI.

FBI Jacksonville just isn’t conscious of any credible risk towards the Pensacola group right now, its public affairs workplace mentioned.

Six Saudi nationals have been additionally detained for questioning relating to the incident.

The Saudi shooter wielded a handgun — though firearms should not permitted on the base — earlier than he was taken out by a pair of officers.

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Safety was tightened on the base 4 or 5 years in the past: the entrance gate is closed to civilians, and it will take them about 45 minutes to get by way of safety. Not each automobile is all the time checked, however with elevated random safety checks extra of them can be.

NAS Pensacola is house to the Naval Schooling and Coaching Safety Help Subject Exercise’s Worldwide Coaching Heart, 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 vast majority of the a whole bunch of international aviation college students who’ve participated in this system are, just like the gunman, from Saudi Arabia, the Navy mentioned. Sources advised Fox Information that Alshamrani was “early” in his coaching.

Agence France-Presse reported that Alshamrani posted a short manifesto to Twitter earlier than the taking pictures. The FBI advised Fox Information that it was conscious of the anti-American Twitter submit, however wouldn’t touch upon whether or not it was wanting into it as a part of the investigation.

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A U.S. official mentioned Saturday that the suspect additionally hosted a dinner party the week of the taking pictures the place he and a number of other others watched movies of mass shootings.

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

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