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

USA defense secretary orders security review at military bases after Pensacola shooting

USA defense secretary orders security review at military bases after Pensacola shooting

Flowers and a message are left on the entrance bridge after a member of the Saudi Air Force visiting the United States for military training was the suspect in a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, in Pensacola, Florida, December 6, 2019.

"I think we need to let the investigators, the FBI, do its work and ... get us the facts, and we'll move out from there", Esper said, according to Politico.

Rachel Rojas, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Jacksonville Field Office, said that investigators are looking into the matter with "the presumption that this was an act of terrorism," NPR reported.

"As to negotiating with the Taliban, I think we've got this wrong", Graham said.

Graham was among the US officials who expressed reservations over the US-Saudi program that brought gunman Alshamrani to the Pensacola naval base where he opened fire in a classroom, killing three sailors and wounding eight others.

A special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that the shooter used a Glock 45 9mm that he purchased legally in the attack that killed three people and wounded eight. According to US regulations, it is legal for a foreigner in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa to buy a gun if certain conditions are met - including if they simply have a hunting license.

Booker decried Trump's stance toward the Saudis as "transactional", calling for a broad review of U.S. -Saudi relations. Currently, more than 850 Saudis are in the United States for various training activities.

The shooting is to believed to have been perpetrated by Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force and student naval flight officer at the Naval Aviation Schools Command.

"I thank the kingdom for their pledge of full and complete cooperation", she added.

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During the unsafe trek, the children were not properly clothed and were only wearing light clothing, including socks, at the time. It is not clear how long they were alone, and Marsh said he could not say what the children's relationship with Peter is.

Saudi Arabia is a key U.S. ally in the Middle East and President Donald Trump said that the Saudi king called him after the attack to "express his honest condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed".

Earlier in the week of the shooting, Alshamrani hosted a dinner party where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings, another US official told the AP on Saturday.

DeSantis pressed for more questioning into how the Saudi military and government vetted people who may have harbored radical worldviews. The FBI is working to determine the objective of the trip, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. One of those people had recorded the shooting from outside the classroom building.

Reuters has not verified the authenticity of the account, @M&MD_SHAMRANI, which was suspended by Twitter on Friday.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, speaking at a Sunday afternoon press conference, answered "yes, yes" when asked if he considered the shooting an act of terrorism. He visited Saudi Arabia on school breaks, the Times reported. We've been doing this with other foreign countries.

Days earlier, he and three other Saudi military trainees were in New York City, visiting several museums and Rockefeller Center. The governor declined to give further details.

"You realize in that moment that you are witnessing loss of life and hatred, but there was also heroism", Simmons said. "We need to slow this program down and reevaluate".

Mr Esper told Fox News Sunday he had instructed top defence officials to look into security measures at bases.

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