At least ten Saudi military students were being held at Naval Air Station Pensacola and several more were “unaccounted for” after the Friday shooting that left at least three dead and eight injured, an anonymous US official told AP on Saturday.
While the gunman was shot on the spot, the source said that another student videotaped the scene of the shooting on Friday, while another two watched from inside a car. All three are reportedly Saudi nationals, who were in the US to train at the base.
Disturbingly, all three are said to have attended a “dinner party” with the shooter, at which they watched videos of gun violence.
ALSO ON RT.COMPensacola shooter’s alleged manifesto slams ‘crimes against Muslims’ & US policies abroad – reportThe gunman allegedly posted a manifesto to Twitter shortly before his rampage, accusing the US of waging a “war of attrition” on Muslims around the world, and condemning its drone strikes and secret prisons.
The authorities have been tight-lipped on details about the high-profile shooting and the FBI is probing whether the shooter was part of a larger group. Media reports have identified the gunman as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. An unnamed Pentagon official told Fox News that he was a member of the Saudi Air Force, who was scheduled to complete a three-year, Saudi-funded training program in the US.
ALSO ON RT.COMSaudis angered by ‘barbaric’ Pensacola shooter, love America – king to TrumpThough the FBI has not yet publicly commented on the shooter’s motivations, Florida Senator Rick Scott called the attack – which left three people killed and eight people wounded – an act of terrorism.
“Whether this individual was motivated by radical Islam or was simply mentally unstable, this was an act of terrorism,” he wrote in a statement.
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.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper later stated that he “can’t say” at present whether the attack was indeed an act of terror, and asked that investigators be allowed do their work.
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