Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani Biography, Wiki
Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani is identified as a Saudi student who opened fire and shot at least three and wounded 8 in Pensacola Naval Base shooting.
UPDATE: Officials have identified the Pensacola naval base shooting suspect as Mohammed Saeed A Alshamrani. Authorities say they are investigating if the incident is terrorism-related. The latest here: https://t.co/eUmEqv4RU7 pic.twitter.com/dr6bm4CeLO
— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) December 6, 2019
Nas Pensacola employs more than 16,000 militaries and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to its website. One of the navy’s most historic and storied bases, it sprawls along the waterfront south-west of downtown Pensacola and dominates the economy of the surrounding area.
An aviation student Mohammed Saeed from Saudi Arabia opened fire in a classroom building at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday morning, a US official claimed, an attack that left three dead in addition to the assailant.
Pensacola shooting suspect was Saudi national attending military school, according to senior U.S. official https://t.co/fFo5TDxfKL
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 6, 2019
The assault was the second at a US navy base this week and prompted a massive law enforcement response and a lockdown at the base.
The student Saeed Alshamrani, who was reportedly shot by a sheriff’s deputy, was a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air force, said two US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose information that had not yet been made public. The officials said authorities were investigating whether the attack was terrorism-related.
Donald Trump tweeted that he had been fully briefed on the incident. “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. We are continuing to monitor the situation as the investigation is ongoing”, the president claimed.
Just received a full briefing on the tragic shooting at NAS Pensacola in Florida, and spoke to @GovRonDeSantis. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. We are continuing to monitor the situation as the investigation is ongoing.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2019
Authorities are now investigating if the attack at Naval Air Station in Pensacola early Friday morning was terrorism-related. The shooting suspect, who was shot dead by police, was first identified by NBC News, citing unnamed sources, as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.
#Pensacola Naval Air Station attacker Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was a Saudi military member receiving training there. Four are dead (including him). Terrorism is a very plausible scenario, though authorities aren’t yet calling it terrorism. No group has yet claimed. pic.twitter.com/4DegNoWAHF
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) December 6, 2019
Six Saudi nationals were arrested for questioning Friday near a Naval Air Station in Pensacola, after a Saudi gunman opened fire there, killing three people before being shot dead by officers, a senior U.S. official told Fox News.
The FBI, which is leading the investigation into the shooting — which took place Friday morning at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in Florida — declined to reveal the identity of the shooter in the early stages of the investigation, but a U.S. official told Fox News the gunman was an aviation student from Saudi Arabia named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.
Royal Saudi Naval Force Students in the USA
In recent weeks, 18 naval aviators and two aircrew members from the Royal Saudi Naval Forces were training with the US Navy, including at Pensacola, according to a November 15 press release from the Navy. It was not clear if the shooting suspect was part of that delegation.
The delegation came under a Navy program that offers training to US allies, known as the Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity.
A person familiar with the program said that Saudi Air Force officers selected for military training in the United States are intensely vetted by both countries.
When a member of the Saudi Air Force opened fire inside Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday, 2 victims were near-instantly killed; 4 are dead, including the suspect.
It was the 2nd shooting this week at a U.S. naval base.
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) December 6, 2019
The Saudi personnel are ‘hand-picked’ by their military and often come from elite families, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they did not have permission to speak to a reporter. Trainees must speak excellent English, the person said.
Pearl Harbor Shooting News
The shooting came two days after a U.S. Navy sailor Gabriel Romero shot three people and then killed himself at Pearl Harbor, including a death of a guy identified as a ” business professional”, Vincent Kapoi Jr.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- The shooting took place early Friday morning at the base and triggered a blockade
- Deputies of the Sheriff of the District of Escambia responded to the Naval Air Station and confronted the armed man with his death
- The sources identified the alleged shooter as aerospace students of the Saudi Arabian Air Force, Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani
- Republican Matt Gaetz, who represents Pensacola, described the shooting as a “terrorist act.”
- President Trump tweeted that King Salman told him: “The Saudi people are very upset about the acts of the barbarism of the gunman …”
- Three more were shot dead in a classroom incident
- The nearby hospital received a total of eight patients, one of whom died later
- The deputies who committed themselves to the gunman were shot but should recover
- “Going through the scene was like being on the set of a movie”, Sheriff David Morgan told reporters