Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Federal Bureau of Investigation presumes Pensacola shooting an act of terrorism as probe continues

Federal Bureau of Investigation presumes Pensacola shooting an act of terrorism as probe continues

Alshamrani, who was killed by law enforcement at the scene, was a 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was a trainee at Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola.

"I wish the president was pressing the Saudi government for answers", he said.

The FBI is investigating the fatal shooting that took place at a Florida naval base under the presumption that it was "an act of terrorism", the agency said in a news conference on December 8.

"We want to salute Sheriff [David] Morgan and Chief Deputy [Chip] Simmons here today, for instilling the culture that resulted in those two folks at their office wading into that gunfire", said Keefe. "The FBI is investigating and they've been interviewing and interrogating other Saudi students", O'Brien said. "And I think they're going to help out the families very greatly".

"I don't see this undermining the deeper relationship we've had with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for decades", he said.

It could be a "distinction without a difference" on whether the suspect's friends may have had foreknowledge of his intentions, Esper said, but investigators would have to sort that out. Officials at the Navy base referred questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which also did not comment. "This individual act does not represent us, nor his family nor his tribe", the relative said, adding that the slain man was from a family with members who have well served their nation in military posts.

More details have emerged about the gunman's actions in the days leading up to the shooting.

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The official who spoke Saturday said one of the three students who attended the dinner party hosted by the attacker recorded video outside the classroom building while the shooting was taking place. Investigators believe the gunman visited NY, including Rockefeller Centre, days before the shooting.

It was not clear whether the April classroom incident will play any role in the investigation.

He later told investigators that he and two others had coincidentally been there during the shooting and had gotten "caught up in the moment" and began filming, The Times said.

The CAE managers offered to have the instructor apologize, but Alshamrani turned that offer down and instead spoke to the naval office that oversees global students, the person said. But DeSantis said Sunday the shooting could have been prevented if there was "better vetting". Jonathan Alterman, director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies told the media that Trump seems to have decided that he will take Saudi Arabia's side.

In addition, investigators believe the gunman visited New York City, including the Rockefeller Center, days before the shooting and they are working to determine the goal of the trip, the official said. It found that the now-suspended account contained messages which blamed America for "crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity". The Washington Post said that three of these students made a video of the shootout and three other students arrived in the U.S. by flight along with the attacker. I'm glad they are sad and cooperative, but ask yourself: "would this administration do this for any other country besides Saudi Arabia?" When he returned to the United States in February, friends and colleagues noticed that he had become more religious, according to a person briefed on the investigation.

Authorities confirmed the suspect was a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force who was on the base as part of a US Navy training programme created to foster links with foreign allies. "We need to slow this programme down and reevaluate", he said.

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