Saudi military member Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani has been identified as the killer in mass shooting that took place at the Navy air station in Pensacola, Florida.
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A Twitter post reveals the shooter hated America over what he perceived as U.S. support of Israel against Muslim countries.
Per NBC, Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said the suspect had been scheduled to complete a three-year U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sales training program in August. The training, which includes English language coursework and aviation and pilot instruction, was funded by Saudi Arabia, he said.
Saudi Arabia is “going to owe a debt here given that it was one of their individuals,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters. “The government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims.”
USA Today reports a Saudi man training at the Naval Air Station Pensacola opened fire on the base early Friday morning with a handgun, killing three and injuring eight before a deputy fatally shot him, authorities said.
President Donald Trump, who spoke with King Salman of Saudi Arabia shortly after the shooting, said the monarch called the attack “barbaric.”
The shooter was identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a member of the Saudi military, according to a Defense official who spoke to USA TODAY on condition of anonymity. A motive for the attack is unknown.
Alshamrani was one of 852 Saudi nationals in the United States training under the Pentagon’s security cooperation agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Defense official said. Alshamrani, began his three-year course in August 2017 with English, basic aviation and initial pilot training.
The shooting began around 6:30 a.m. CT and the suspect was halted by two Escambia County sheriff’s deputies, who arrived on scene in less than five minutes, Sheriff David Morgan said. One of the deputies fatally shot the gunman, he said.