//Lacking Saudi servicemen linked to NAS Pensacola taking pictures sought; gunman made prior reported journey to NYC

Lacking Saudi servicemen linked to NAS Pensacola taking pictures sought; gunman made prior reported journey to NYC

Authorities investigating a deadly attack at a U.S. naval base in Florida are reportedly focused on finding a number of unaccounted for Saudi nationals linked to the taking pictures, as further particulars have emerged in regards to the shooter’s actions within the weeks main as much as the rampage.

The FBI’s Jacksonville office recognized the shooter in a press release Saturday night time as Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, and launched a photograph of him. Investigators stated he was a 2nd Lt. within the Royal Saudi Air Power and was a pupil naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command when he opened hearth Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida earlier than being shot useless.

Within the days because the assault, a U.S. official who spoke on situation of anonymity after being briefed by federal authorities informed the Related Press {that a} whole of 10 Saudi college students had been being held on the bottom as of Saturday whereas a number of others had been unaccounted for.

Whereas officers haven’t publicly disclosed what number of lacking servicemen are on the market, U.S. Northern Command (Northcom) has called for increased random security checks in any respect websites as authorities investigating the assault are nonetheless working to find out whether or not the taking pictures was an act of terrorism.

This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Mohammed Alshamrani. The Saudi student opened fire inside a classroom at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday before one of the deputies killed him.

This undated photograph offered by the FBI exhibits Mohammed Alshamrani. The Saudi pupil opened hearth inside a classroom at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday earlier than one of many deputies killed him.
(FBI through AP)

“There is not any query what it’s, it is terrorism.” Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) stated Sunday on “Fox & Friends.” “It is radical Islam.”


Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hatfield informed Fox Information on Saturday that after the shootings final week at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and in Florida, Northcom has directed all Protection Division installations, services and models throughout the U.S. to instantly assess drive safety measures and “implement elevated random safety measures applicable for his or her services.”

“The advisory additionally informed 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 applicable authorities any suspicious exercise they could observe,” Hatfield continued.

On Saturday, a U.S. official informed the Related Press that Alshamrani hosted a dinner party earlier in the week the place he and three others watched movies of mass shootings.

The official who spoke Saturday stated one of many three college students who attended the ceremonial dinner hosted by the attacker recorded video outdoors the classroom constructing whereas the taking pictures was going down on Friday. Two different Saudi college students watched from a automobile, the official stated.

Scott stated Sunday that whereas Saudi Arabia has been an ally, “they need to step up right here,” calling studies of the ceremonial dinner and viewing of mass taking pictures movies “disgusting.”

“The truth that the FBI has not been capable of, the studies say, the FBI has not been capable of speak to each airman. I imply, I can not think about that.” he stated on “Fox & Pals.” “If the Saudi authorities is our ally our associate, they may be sure that there’s full cooperation, not one airman wants to depart this nation till the entire investigation.”

Authorities are reportedly searching for missing Saudi servicemen linked to the shooting on Friday at the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla.

Authorities are reportedly looking for lacking Saudi servicemen linked to the taking pictures on Friday on the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla.
(AP Picture/Melissa Nelson)

Within the weeks main as much as the taking pictures, Alshamrani and the identical three different Saudi army trainees made a go to to New York Metropolis the place they went to a number of museums and Rockefeller Heart, an individual briefed on the investigation informed the New York Occasions.

Federal investigators are actually centered on whether or not the journey was an prolonged vacationer journey throughout the Thanksgiving vacation week or if the group of Saudi trainees had different motives or had been assembly with anybody else in New York, in keeping with The Times. Of the 10 Saudi trainees reportedly detained, three of them are those from the ceremonial dinner who claimed they had been solely filming the taking pictures as a result of they occurred to be there on the time and wished to seize the second, the U.S. official informed the New York Occasions.

In an unique interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Protection Secretary Mark Esper stated it is unclear in the event that they had been filming it earlier than it started or if it was one thing the place they picked up their telephones filmed it once they noticed it unfolding.

“, at present, folks pull out their telephones and movie every part and something that occurs,” Esper informed Fox Information’ Chris Wallace.

A U.S. official on Friday informed the AP the FBI was inspecting social media posts and investigating whether or not he acted alone or was linked to any broader group. The SITE Intelligence Group, a gaggle that screens jihadist media, said that Alshamrani posted to Twitter echoing sentiments from former Al Qaeda chief Usama Bin Laden.

A spokesperson for Twitter informed Fox Information in an e mail assertion Saturday that the account was suspended however they declined to remark additional as to when the manifesto was tweeted out. The FBI informed Fox Information it was conscious of the anti-American Twitter publish, however wouldn’t touch upon whether or not they’re taking a look at it as a part of the investigation.

In remarks at a gathering of high U.S. protection and army officers on Saturday, Protection Secretary Mark Esper was requested whether or not he might say definitively that the taking pictures was an act of terrorism.

“No, I can’t say it’s terrorism at this time,” he stated, including that the investigation must proceed. He declined to debate particulars of the investigation thus far.


Within the wake of the lethal taking pictures, President Trump stated Saturday that he would review policies governing foreign military training in the usbut declined to say whether or not the taking pictures was terrorism-related.

The U.S. has lengthy had a sturdy coaching program for Saudis, offering help within the U.S. and within the kingdom. At the moment, greater than 850 Saudis are in america for varied coaching actions. They’re amongst greater than 5,000 international college students from 153 international locations within the U.S. going via army coaching.

“This has been done for many decades,” Trump stated. “I suppose we will need to look into the entire process. We’ll begin that instantly.”

Scott on Sunday referred to as for suspending the coaching program pending a radical evaluation.

“We’ve acquired to be sure that American sailors, American troopers are secure. We’ve to have a full evaluation of what occurred right here,” he stated on “Fox & Pals.” “We can’t be taking dangers for our sailors.”


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.

“The Sailors that misplaced their lives within the line of obligation and confirmed distinctive heroism and bravado within the face of evil,” Capt. Tim Kinsella, the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pensacola, stated in a press release. “When confronted, they didn’t run from hazard; they ran in direction of it and saved lives.”

Kinsella stated Naval Air Station Pensacola, one of many Navy’s most historic and storied bases, would stay closed till additional discover. The bottom sprawls alongside the waterfront southwest of town’s downtown and dominates the economic system of the encompassing space.

A part of the bottom resembles a school campus, with buildings the place, along with international college students, 60,000 members of the U.S. Navy, Marines, Air Power and Coast Guard practice every year in a number of fields of aviation.

The FBI’s Jacksonville workplace has stated it is not conscious of any credible risk towards the Pensacola group at the moment, however anybody with info relating to Alshamrani and his actions earlier than the taking pictures is inspired to name 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Fox Information’ Paulina Dedaj, Morgan Phillips, and the Related Press contributed to this report.