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US Saudi shooter believed to have acted alone in U.S. Navy base rampage: FBI

22:00  08 december  2019
22:00  08 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Investigators believe a Saudi Air Force lieutenant acted alone on Friday when he killed three people and wounded eight at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida before being fatally shot by police, the FBI said on Sunday.

a man looking at the camera: Royal Saudi Air Force 2nd Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani is seen in an undated military identification card photo© Reuters/FBI Royal Saudi Air Force 2nd Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani is seen in an undated military identification card photo

Rachel Rojas, special agent in charge of the FBI's Jacksonville office, said the shooter used a Glock model 45 9mm handgun that he had purchased legally in Florida.

"We currently assess there was one gunman who perpetrated this attack and no arrests have been made in this case," Rojas, the lead investigator on the case, said at a news conference.

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"We are looking very hard at uncovering his motive and I would ask for patience so we can get this right," she said.

Authorities confirmed the suspect was a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force who was on the base as part of a U.S. Navy training program designed to foster links with foreign allies.

The FBI identified him as Second Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21.

a car parked on the side of a road: Main gate at Naval Air Station Pensacola is seen on Navy Boulevard in Pensacola© Reuters/US NAVY Main gate at Naval Air Station Pensacola is seen on Navy Boulevard in Pensacola

A sheriff's deputy fatally shot the gunman, authorities said, ending the second deadly attack at a U.S. military base within a week. Within hours, Saudi Arabia's King Salman had called U.S. President Donald Trump to extend his condolences and pledge his kingdom's support in the investigation.

Rojas said there were several Saudi students who were close to the shooter and are cooperating with investigators.

"Their Saudi commanding officer has restricted them to base, and the Saudi government has pledged to fully cooperate with our investigation," she said. "I thank the kingdom for their pledge of full and complete cooperation."


Flags lowered in Georgia for funeral of Navy shooting victim .
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Flags were lowered across Georgia on Monday to coincide with the funeral of one of three Navy sailors slain by a gunman at a base in Florida. The funeral service for Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill was scheduled for Monday afternoon at a church in neighboring Savannah. Walters and two fellow sailors were killed Dec. 6 at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida when a gunman opened fire at a classroom building.Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp ordered flags to be flown at half-staff Monday outside state buildings in honor of Walters.

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