A gunman on a Navy air station in Florida shot and murdered 3 people on Friday and sources tell that the shooter was from Saudi Arabia.
The gunman, who was murdered, was classified as Saudi national Mohammed Alshamrani, 2 law enforcement sources told. The gunman was a 2nd lieutenant in the Saudi military included in flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper told.
Gov. Ron DeSantis told that he was a part of the Saudi air force. Investigators are looking into whether it was terror-related. He was vetted upon entry to the US and his background reviewed again after the shooting with nothing of concern located, a law enforcement source says.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud showed his deep grief in a phone call with US President Donald Trump, according to the sources. The Saudi King gave his sincere condolences to Trump and family members of the victims.
The king emphasized to Trump that he ordered, “Saudi security services to assist with the relevant American agencies to access all data that helps in unveiling the circumstances of this incident.”
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry told it “affirms that the perpetrator of this horrific assault does not represent the Saudi people whatsoever. The American people are held in the highest regard by the Saudi people.”
The FBI’s inquiry into the mass shooting is a global inquiry, a law enforcement source says. The source told that the bureau has tasked its agents posted full time in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, with working with the Saudi government to get background information on the shooter.
Authorities said weapons are not allowed on base. The shooter had a handgun, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan told.
Naval Air Station Pensacola hires more than 16,000 militaries and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to the base’s website. Many families also live there, according to the sources.