CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Thursday morning, an “Arab male” showed up to the Naval Air Station gate and started shooting.
A Navy security team killed the man. The FBI has taken over the investigation but there has not been any further details released regarding the man’s identity.
One female NSF police officer sailor was injured in the shooting.
In a statement, the Navy said:
“The sailor is in good condition and is expected to be released later today.”
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) May 21, 2020
The sailor was reportedly wearing a protective vest, which saved her from worse injury.
Hours later, the base is still on modified lockdown during the course of the investigation.
The U.S. Navy is investigating after a shooter was 'neutralized' at Naval Air Station – Corpus Christi. pic.twitter.com/IfLYXq9jK3
— KBTX News (@KBTXNews) May 21, 2020
USNI news reported:
“Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is home to the four squadrons of Training Air Wing Four, which uses Truax Field on base and outlying airfields. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and foreign student pilots train at the base.
“Naval Air Station Corpus Christi also houses the Corpus Christi Army Depot which serves as the primary maintenance depot for Department of Defense rotary-wing aircraft. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service also operates from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.”
The FBI is investigating the shooting Thursday morning at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi that forced the Texas base to lock down and left a female sailor injured, according to Navy officials. https://t.co/YR9Il8ENyQ
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) May 21, 2020
This is a developing story and Law Enforcement Today will bring you updates as they’re available.
Recently, Law Enforcement Today updated you on the Pensacola Naval Air Station shooter from December of last year, who had reportedly communicated with Al Queda prior to his shooting.
AG Barr at that time called his shooting, which killed three American sailors, an “act of terrorism.” At this time, it’s unclear whether Thursday’s incident has ties to that incident.
Here’s LET’s most recent report on the Pensacola shooting.
New details are emerging regarding the shooting that took place at the Naval Air Station Pensacola on December 6th, 2019 that took the lives of three American sailors.
Sources have claimed that the gunman, whose acts have been described as an “act of terrorism” by AG Bill Barr, was in contact with Al Qaeda prior to the shooting.
BREAKING: The FBI has found a link between an al-Qaida operative and the gunman in the fatal shooting of three U.S. Navy sailors at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida in December, a U.S. official says. https://t.co/8fYE14bBCG
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 18, 2020
Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was the man responsible for the three deaths that day at the Naval Air Station.
In the month following the attack, there was some back and forth going on between Apple and AG Bill Barr regarding gaining access to the shooters iPhone that was password protected.
While it’s unclear whether Apple and the DOJ suddenly began playing nice, or if the DOJ was able to crack the device security on the phone, sources indicate that this communication between Al Qaeda and Alshamrani was discovered on a phone belonging to the gunman.
BREAKING: FBI finds al-Qaida link in Saudi aviation student's deadly attack on Naval Air Station Pensacolahttps://t.co/TKn2CBC3Wa
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) May 18, 2020
It’s expected that FBI Director Christopher Wray and AG Bill Barr will address the press on May 18th regarding the status of the investigation into the shooting that happened last year.
The 21-year-old gunman was noted as having posted some disturbing things online prior to commencing the attack on the NAS. Back in January, AG Bill Barr stated the following about Alshamrani’s social media activities:
“During the course of the investigation, we learned that the shooter posted a message on September 11,  stating, ‘the countdown has begun’.
During the Thanksgiving weekend, he then visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. He also posted other anti-American, anti-Israeli, and jihadi messages on social media, including two hours before his attack.”
Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s original report we ran on the attack back in December of 2019:
More details have been pouring in with regard to the six Saudi nationals that were detained for questioning on December 6th at a naval air station in Pensacola, Florida.
Initial reports had indicated that a Saudi gunman had opened fire there, which wound up killing three people before he was shot dead by officers that were onsite, according to officials. Now it seems the gunman has been identified.
The FBI, who is overseeing the investigation into the shooting that happened Friday morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, weren’t too keen on releasing details on the the identity of the shooter.
The Florida naval base jihadist quoted Osama bin Laden in his manifesto. https://t.co/Z7iyzYL0BI
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) December 7, 2019
While the FBI may have wanted to play the investigation close to the chest initially, other official sources revealed that the gunman was an aviation student from Saudi Arabia named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.
The revelation of the identity of the shooter isn’t the most troubling though, as there seems to be some motive that can be attributed to the attack on the naval air station. The SITE Intelligence Group, which keeps a close eye on jihadist media on various platforms, discovered some disturbing manifesto that Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani had posted on Twitter that stated:
“I’m against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil.”
That sentiment of “America is evil” could be attributed to a healthy amount of social justice warriors on college campuses these day, but as the manifesto reads on, it gets a lot more grim:
“I’m not against you for just being American, I don’t hate you because your freedoms, I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity.”
So how does one with outspoken anti-American sentiments find themselves on an American naval air station? Well, according to officials, Alshamrani was said to be a student in a U.S. Navy training program for foreign military personnel.
According to Commander Bill Gibson, the officer who runs the very program that played host to Alshamrani, described the program back in 2017 as working toward:
“Immersing international students in our U.S. Navy training and culture, build partnership capacity for both the present and for the years ahead. These relationships are truly a win-win for everyone involved.”
However, December 6th’s tragedy would hardly be described as a “win-win” by anyone, and the events has caused many officials and lawmakers to taking a serious second look of the security measures and vetting that goes into selecting trainees.
Senator Rick Scott from Florida took to Twitter to state that he’s calling for a “full review” of the Navy training programs after investigators erring toward calling the shooting an act of terrorism:
“I’m very concerned that the shooter in Pensacola was a foreign national training on a U.S. base. Today, I’m calling for a full review of the U.S. military programs to train foreign nationals on American soil.
We shouldn’t be providing military training to people who wish us harm.”
I'm very concerned that the shooter in Pensacola was a foreign national training on a US base.
Today, I’m calling for a full review of the US military programs to train foreign nationals on American soil. We shouldn't be providing military training to people who wish us harm. pic.twitter.com/JkypdikYI9
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) December 6, 2019
Scott wasn’t the only Florida Senator disturbed by what the outcome of this program yielded for the state, as Marco Rubio also posted on Twitter his thoughts on Friday’s events:
“Todays attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola is both tragic & deeply disturbing. Foreign military aviators sent to the U.S. for training undergo extensive security & suitability vetting.
Military trainees aren’t allowed into these programs if the vetting turns up any derogatory information & our foreign partners that conducts their own vetting as well
But today’s tragic attack has exposed some serious flaw in that process which must be discovered & corrected 2/2
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 6, 2019
And no student is allowed to carry weapons inside this facility.
Military trainees aren’t allowed into these programs if the vetting turns up any derogatory information & our foreign partners that conducts their own vetting as well. But today’s tragic attack has exposed some serious flaw in that process which must be discovered & corrected.”
All key federal agencies are involved in the investigation of the shooting at Naval Air Pensacola
Early on they will be guarded in what they share with the public not in an effort to keep conceal information but to avoid providing potentially inaccurate or incomplete information
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 6, 2019
Defense Secretary Mark Esper spoke to the press on December 6th after the horrific display, saying that he wanted “to make sure we’re doing our due diligence to understand what are our procedures,” concerning the training programs that lead to this outcome.
When speaking to the press, Esper also described the shooter as a Saudi national who was a second lieutenant in flight training.
According to sources at the air station, the shooting had taken place inside of a classroom where students of the program spend the first initial months of their training there.
Based upon that scope, it can be deduced that the shooter was likely a recent addition to the program.
The New York Times had also reported that three of the six detained for questioning had allegedly filmed the shooting as it happened, but there’s currently no indication that those who filmed the incident were connected to the gunman.
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