These ‘student” programs must end. And Saudi (foreign) funding of mosques here in the US must be prohibited. Enough.
Saudi airman’s colleagues filmed as he killed 3 at US naval base as cops detain 10 with others missing
By Guy Birchal, 8 Dec 2019, 2:08
A SAUDI air force pilot in the US for training who killed three in a mass shooting was filmed by his colleagues as he went on his killing spree, it has emerged.
Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani opened fire at around 7am at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, which was immediately placed on lockdown.
Saudi pilot Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani is suspected of shooting dead three people at a US naval baseCredit: NBC
The gunman was shot dead by police at the Naval Air Station in Florida
Several others were injured in the shooting and rushed to hospital
He also hosted a dinner party earlier in the week where he and three others watched mass shooting videos.
One of the students at the dinner party filmed outside the building while he went on the gun rampage as two others sat in the car with him, according to AP sources.
Sources added that ten Saudi students were being held on the base today, while several others were unaccounted for.
It was also reported that the FBI was examining social media posts and investigating whether he acted alone or was connected to any broader group.
Three people have been confirmed dead while eight others are being treated in hospital for injuries.
The gunman was shot and killed by deputies at the Florida base around 45 minutes after the start of the attack, Channel 3 News reported.
Florida state governor Ron DeSantis said the perpetrator was a member of the Saudi Air Force, later named as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.
He is believed to have been in the US as an aviation student, with reports saying he opened fire with a handgun in a classroom.
His training began in August 2017 and had been scheduled to conclude in August next year, CNN reported.
Investigators are now probing whether the incident was terror-related.
The first victim has been named as Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy this year.The first victim has been named as Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy this year.
Watson was a native of Enterprise, Alabama who was actively involved in JROTC and National Honor Society in high school.
After graduating from high school in 2014, he spent four years at the US Naval Academy, where he competed as part of the academy’s elite rifle team. He graduated from the academy in May and was commissioned as an ensign.
In a heartbreaking tribute on Facebook, Watson’s brother wrote that he “saved countless lives today with his own.”
“After being shot multiple times he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was and those details were invaluable. He died a hero,” wrote his brother Adam.
Storyful reported that, minutes before Alshamrani began firing, a twitter account using his name posted a message branding America a “nation of evil”, citing its foreign policy and conflicts overseas.
The FBI has now taken over the investigation, and CNN reported that agents in Saudi capital Riyadh are communicating with officials there to obtain more background information on the killer.
Multiple injured personnel have been transported to local hospitals. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement agencies
Megan Isaac Lieutenant Commander
Major Andrew Hobbs, of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, told the Pensacola News Journal that a pair of deputies were shot while confronting the gunman.
Reports said one had been shot in the knee, the other in the shoulder, and that both had been taken to hospital but were expected to make a full recovery.
TRUMP: ‘THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WITH VICTIMS’
Donald Trump yesterday tweeted that he had received a call from King Salman of Saudi Arabia expressing his condolences and stressing that the gunman “in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people”.
Saudi Arabia has historically relied on the US to train its military.
Governor DeSantis said: “Obviously, the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims.
AS Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to its website.
The fatal incident comes just two days after an active-duty sailor opened fire at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii, killing two and wounding a third before turning the gun on himself.
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