Three individuals have been killed on Friday morning as an aviation student from Saudi Arabia opened fire in a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
The capturing which has been condemned by Saudi authorities additionally left many others injured together with two sheriff’s deputies who engaged the shooter. Although the attacker was killed by a Sheriff’s deputy, U.S. officers are actually investigating for attainable hyperlinks to terrorism.
“Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie,” mentioned Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.
One of many law enforcement officials who responded was shot within the arm and the opposite within the knee, they’re each anticipated to recuperate.
The shooter was a member of the Saudi army who was in aviation coaching at the base, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned at a information convention. He has been recognized as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.
“There’s obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a part of the Saudi air force and then to be here training on our soil,” mentioned the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis.
“Obviously the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims and I think they’re going to owe a debt here, given that this was one of their individuals,” he added.
The Pentagon advised CBS Information that the shooter had been within the nation since August 2017 pursuant to a U.S. Air Drive Overseas Army Gross sales coaching case funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and that he was scheduled to remain till August 2020. He was enrolled in English, primary aviation, and preliminary pilot coaching at the station, the Pentagon added.
Based on its web site the naval airbase, which remains to be in lockdown, employs greater than 16,000 army and seven,400 civilian personnel.
“There are many reports circulating, but the FBI deals only in facts,” mentioned Rachel L. Rojas, the FBI’s particular agent answerable for the Jacksonville Discipline Workplace. “This is still very much an active and ongoing investigation.”
President Donald Trump declined to say whether or not the capturing was terrorism-related. Trump tweeted his condolences to the households of the victims and famous that he had acquired a cellphone name from Saudi King Salman.
He mentioned the king advised him that “the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.”
King Salman of Saudi Arabia simply referred to as to specific his honest condolences and provides his sympathies to the households and associates of the soldiers who have been killed and wounded within the assault that passed off in Pensacola, Florida….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2019