//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 trying into the deadly attack at a U.S. naval base in Florida mentioned Sunday they’re working underneath 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 scholar recorded a minimum of a part of the assault on video.

In remarks delivered at a information convention, FBI Special Agent-In-Charge Rachel Rojas mentioned all worldwide college students at that base have been accounted for and that each 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 stories 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 mentioned 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 happening on Friday. Two different Saudi college students watched from a automobile, the official mentioned.

Rojas declined to touch upon these stories. In an unique interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Protection Secretary Mark Esper mentioned 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, immediately, individuals pull out their telephones and movie all the things and something that occurs,” Esper advised Fox Information’ Chris Wallace.

Alshamrani, a 2nd Lt. within the Royal Saudi Air Drive and scholar naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command, opened hearth 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 better.


A U.S. official who spoke on situation of anonymity after being briefed by federal authorities beforehand advised The Related Press {that a} whole 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 mentioned 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 reveals Mohammed Alshamrani. The Saudi scholar opened hearth 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 giant investigation,” Rojas mentioned. “We’ve not but accomplished each interview. We are going to 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 seek out, sure people, Rojas mentioned that the FBI is working “facet by facet” 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 continuing investigation. Investigators have presently 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, based on 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 mentioned.


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 Middle, an individual briefed on the investigation advised the New York Occasions and The Related Press.

Federal investigators are actually centered on whether or not the journey was an prolonged vacationer journey through the Thanksgiving vacation week or if the group of Saudi trainees had different motives or have been assembly with anybody else in New York, based on 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 yr.

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 concerning the alleged journey to New York, Rojas solely mentioned that federal officers are “going to verify 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 risk to our neighborhood, nevertheless, as at all times, we urge you to maintain an eye fixed out for one another particularly for a tragedy like this one,” Rojas mentioned. “In case you see one thing, please say one thing. In case you noticed one thing, something, please present that details about the shooter that you simply assume that may be related on this case. There’s completely nothing too small.”


Within the wake of the lethal taking pictures, President Trump mentioned Saturday that he would review policies governing foreign military training in the united statesbut 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 america for varied coaching actions. They’re amongst greater than 5,000 international college students from 153 nations within the U.S. going by way of army coaching.

“This has been done for many decades,” Trump mentioned. “I assume we will must look into the entire process. We’ll begin that instantly.”

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

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

The FBI’s Jacksonville workplace has mentioned it isn’t conscious of any credible risk 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.

Fox Information’ Chris Wallace and The Related Press contributed to this report.