//NAS Pensacola capturing presumed to be terrorism, Saudi scholar recorded assault on video, officers say

NAS Pensacola capturing presumed to be terrorism, Saudi scholar recorded assault on video, officers say

Investigators trying into the deadly attack at a U.S. naval base in Florida stated Sunday they’re working beneath 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 at the very least 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 each one the Saudi college students near the shooter had 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 had been requested about studies 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 capturing was happening on Friday. Two different Saudi college students watched from a automobile, the official stated.

Rojas declined to touch upon these studies. 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.

“You realize, 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 fireplace at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida earlier than being shot useless. 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} complete of 10 Saudi college students had been being held on the bottom as of Saturday whereas a number of others had been unaccounted for. On Sunday, Rojas stated that a number of college students that had been near Alshamrani had 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 photograph supplied by the FBI reveals Mohammed Alshamrani. The Saudi scholar 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 giant investigation,” Rojas stated. “Now we have not but accomplished each interview. We are going to proceed to arrange many extra interviews over the following couple of days.”

With reference to earlier reports that the FBI was searching for, or unable to seek out, sure people, Rojas stated 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 continued investigation. Investigators have at present 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 capturing 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 capturing, 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 Instances 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 had 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 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 capturing.
(AP Picture/Melissa Nelson)

When requested concerning the alleged journey to New York, Rojas solely stated that federal officers are “going to examine all journey data.” She added that federal officers are working with “each single worldwide and home associate” 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 all the time, we urge you to maintain a watch out for one another particularly for a tragedy like this one,” Rojas stated. “For those who see one thing, please say one thing. For those who noticed one thing, something, please present that details about the shooter that you just assume that could be related on this case. There’s completely nothing too small.”


Within the wake of the lethal capturing, President Trump stated Saturday that he would review policies governing foreign military training in the usbut declined to say whether or not the capturing 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 present, greater than 850 Saudis are in the USA for numerous coaching actions. They’re amongst greater than 5,000 international college students from 153 nations within the U.S. going by means of army coaching.

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

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

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

The FBI’s Jacksonville workplace has stated it is not conscious of any credible risk towards the Pensacola neighborhood right now, however anybody with data relating to Alshamrani and his actions earlier than the capturing is inspired to name 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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