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 23-year-old Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 19-year-old Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham and 21-year-old Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters.
“The Sailors that misplaced their lives within the line of obligation confirmed distinctive heroism and bravado within the face of evil,” stated the Navy Chief of Info in an announcement. “When confronted, they did not run from hazard; they ran in the direction of it and saved lives. If not for his or her actions, and the actions of the Naval Safety Power that have been the primary responders on the scene, this incident may have been far worse.”
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 Power who was a scholar naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Faculties Command.
NORTHCOM stated an advisory was despatched out Friday night time calling for the rise in safety checks.
“Given the current assaults at two navy installations, the Commander, U.S. Northern Command has directed all DoD [Defense Department] installations, services and models inside the U.S. Northern Command space of accountability to instantly assess drive safety measures and implement elevated random safety measures acceptable for his or her services,” Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hatfield instructed Fox Information.
“The advisory additionally instructed 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 stated.
NORTHCOM is likely one of the navy’s 11 combatant instructions and offers navy assist for the continental U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas.
On Friday morning, a gunman from Saudi Arabia recognized as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani opened hearth at NAS Pensacola, killing three. The Navy recognized the three victims Saturday night time. One of many victims, Watson, had been beforehand recognized by his household as one of many victims.
The FBI on Friday night time launched its official picture of the Pensacola shooter, a 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant within the Royal Saudi Air Power who was a scholar naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Faculties Command.
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 menace towards the Pensacola neighborhood right now, its public affairs workplace stated.
Six Saudi nationals have been additionally detained for questioning relating to the incident.
The Saudi shooter wielded a handgun — regardless that firearms are usually not permitted on the base — earlier than he was taken out by a pair of officers.
Safety was tightened on the base 4 or 5 years in the past: the entrance gate is closed to civilians, and it might take them about 45 minutes to get by means of safety. Not each automotive is all the time checked, however with elevated random safety checks extra of them can be.
NAS Pensacola is dwelling to the Naval Training and Coaching Safety Help Area 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.”
Nearly all of the lots of of international aviation college students who’ve participated in this system are, just like the gunman, from Saudi Arabia, the Navy stated. Sources instructed Fox Information that Alshamrani was “early” in his coaching.
The AFP reported that Alshamrani posted a short manifesto to Twitter earlier than the taking pictures. The FBI instructed Fox Information that it was conscious of the anti-American Twitter submit, however wouldn’t touch upon whether or not it was trying into it as a part of the investigation.
A U.S. official stated 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.