FBI confirms identity of Pensacola shooter, US Navy says slain sailors confronted him before demise (PHOTO)
The FBI has released a photo of the Saudi gunman who killed three people at a US naval base in Florida on Friday, formally identifying him as Mohammed Alshamrani and asking the public for tip-offs about his “activities.”
“The NAS Pensacola shooter is identified as Saudi national Mohammed Alshamrani,” the FBI field office in Jacksonville said in a statement on Twitter, accompanying it with a photo of the attacker that has been widely circulated on social media.
The NAS Pensacola shooter is identified as Saudi national Mohammed Alshamrani. Anyone with information regarding his activites is encouraged to call 1-800-CALL-FBI. FBI Jacksonville is not aware of any credible threat toward the Pensacola community at this time. pic.twitter.com/RNc8ZL89WS— FBI Jacksonville (@FBIJacksonville) December 8, 2019
The US Navy also released the names of three sailors whose lives were claimed by the gunman as he went on a shooting rampage inside a classroom. All three victims were students of the Naval Aviation Schools Command.
#UPDATE: #USNavy releases names of the Sailors Killed in @NASPCOLA Shooting. "We feel the loss profoundly and grieve with the family and friends of the deceased." - Capt. Tim Kinsella, CO, NAS Pensacola https://t.co/mhqmUBehI7pic.twitter.com/tQuSGtf3Wh— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) December 8, 2019
The Navy said that the victims, identified as Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, attempted to neutralize the shooter, noting that “if not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been much worse.”
“When confronted, they didn’t run from danger; they ran towards it and saved lives.”
The FBI, which has been leading the investigation into the incident, said earlier that its Joint Task Force was involved in the process, but fell short of labeling the carnage a terrorist attack. “The shooter's motivation is still being determined,” the FBI said on Saturday.
While the US government keeps mum about what could possibly have triggered the vicious attack, a manifesto attributed to the shooter by a private extremist activity monitor has been doing the rounds on social media. The manifesto eviscerates US foreign policy, taking aim specifically at American military interventions around the globe, while accusing Washington of waging a “war of attrition” on Muslims.Also on rt.com Pensacola shooter’s alleged manifesto slams ‘crimes against Muslims’ & US policies abroad – report
With the Pentagon and the White House remaining tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding the attack, anonymous US officials have spilled the beans on what preceded the shooting spree. Before unleashing a deadly attack on the students, the Saudi trainee had reportedly held a dinner party with three other Saudi nationals where they watched videos of mass shootings, a US official told AP.Also on rt.com Pensacola shooter ‘held mass-shooting dinner party’ where fellow Saudi students watched disturbing videos – report
It has been reported that one of the gunman’s alleged co-conspirators filmed the scene of the shooting, while the two others watched the rampage unravel from inside a vehicle. It has also been reported that at least 10 Saudi nationals are being held for questioning at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
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