//NAS Pensacola taking pictures presumed to be act of terrorism, one gunman concerned, FBI says

NAS Pensacola taking pictures presumed to be act of terrorism, one gunman concerned, FBI says

Investigators wanting into the deadly attack at a U.S. naval base in Florida stated Sunday they’re working below the presumption it was an act of terrorism involving a lone gunman, and that no arrests have been made in connection to the incident — as officers revealed {that a} Saudi pupil recorded not less than a part of the assault on video.

In remarks delivered at a information convention, FBI Special Agent-In-Charge Rachel Rojas stated all worldwide college students at that base have been accounted for and that every one the Saudi college students near the shooter have been persevering with to cooperate within the investigation.

“We’re, as we do in most active-shooter investigations, work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism,” Rojas advised reporters.

Federal officers have been requested about reviews that gunman Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, hosted a dinner party earlier in the week the place he and three others watched movies of mass shootings. The official who spoke Saturday to The Related Press stated one of many three college students who attended the feast hosted by the attacker recorded video exterior the classroom constructing whereas the taking pictures was happening on Friday. Two different Saudi college students watched from a automobile, the official stated.

Rojas declined to touch upon these reviews. In an unique interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Protection Secretary Mark Esper stated it is unclear in the event that they have been filming it earlier than it started or if it was one thing the place they picked up their telephones filmed it after they noticed it unfolding.

“You understand, in the present day, individuals pull out their telephones and movie every part and something that occurs,” Esper advised Fox Information’ Chris Wallace.

Alshamrani, a 2nd Lt. within the Royal Saudi Air Drive and pupil naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command, opened fireplace at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida earlier than being shot lifeless. Alshamrani killed three individuals Friday and wounded eight others, who’re all anticipated to get well.


A U.S. official who spoke on situation of anonymity after being briefed by federal authorities beforehand advised The Related Press {that a} complete of 10 Saudi college students have been being held on the bottom as of Saturday whereas a number of others have been unaccounted for. On Sunday, Rojas stated that a number of college students that have been near Alshamrani have been cooperating and conducting interviews with investigators and {that a} Saudi commanding officer has ordered all college students from the nation to stay at one location on the base.

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 picture supplied by the FBI exhibits Mohammed Alshamrani. The Saudi pupil opened fireplace inside a classroom at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday earlier than one of many deputies killed him.
(FBI by way of AP)

“This can be a massive investigation,” Rojas stated. “We’ve not but accomplished each interview. We’ll proceed to arrange many extra interviews over the subsequent couple of days.”

With reference to earlier reports that the FBI was searching for, or unable to search out, sure people, Rojas stated that the FBI is working “aspect by aspect” with the U.S. Navy.

“They’ve confirmed to us that they’ve 100 p.c accountability of all worldwide college students from NAS Pensacola,” she advised reporters.

Rojas additionally disclosed that Alshamrani had legally bought a Glock 9-mm. handgun that was used within the assault, however didn’t go into specifics, citing the continued investigation. Investigators have at the moment assessed that there was a lone gunman behind the assault and are “working tirelessly” to determine any ideology that will have been an affect in taking pictures or if the 21-year-old was working with a bigger community, in response to Rojas.

“I can tell you that we are looking very hard at uncovering his motive and I would ask for patience so we can get this right,” she stated.


Within the weeks main as much as the taking pictures, Alshamrani and the identical three different Saudi navy 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 advised the New York Occasions and The Related Press.

Federal investigators at the moment are targeted 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 have been assembly with anybody else in New York, in response to The Times. Saudi officers told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday that authorities are investigating if the 21-year-old was radicalized throughout a visit again to the dominion that started late final 12 months.

Officials are working to determine if Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Force, acted alone in the shooting.

Officers are working to find out if Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Drive, acted alone within the taking pictures.
(AP Photograph/Melissa Nelson)

When requested in regards to the alleged journey to New York, Rojas solely stated that federal officers are “going to test all journey data.” She added that federal officers are working with “each single worldwide and home accomplice” to probe the shooter’s background in Saudi Arabia.

“Our investigation has not led us to any data to point that there’s any credible menace to our neighborhood, nonetheless, as all the time, we urge you to maintain a watch out for one another particularly for a tragedy like this one,” Rojas stated. “When you see one thing, please say one thing. When you noticed one thing, something, please present that details about the shooter that you just assume that is perhaps related on this case. There may be completely nothing too small.”


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 strong coaching program for Saudis, offering help within the U.S. and within the kingdom. At present, greater than 850 Saudis are in the USA for varied coaching actions. They’re amongst greater than 5,000 overseas college students from 153 international locations within the U.S. going by means of navy coaching.

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

Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) known as for suspending the coaching program pending an intensive evaluate in a Sunday Sunday on “Fox & Friends

“We’ve obtained to make it possible for American sailors, American troopers are protected. We’ve to have a full evaluate of what occurred right here,” he stated on “Fox & Mates.” “We can’t be taking dangers for our sailors.”

The FBI’s Jacksonville workplace has stated it isn’t conscious of any credible menace towards the Pensacola neighborhood presently, however anybody with data concerning Alshamrani and his actions earlier than the taking pictures is inspired to name 1-800-CALL-FBI.

The Related Press contributed to this report.