FBI on deadly Florida base shooting: 'We work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism'

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December 08, 2019 - 1:06 pm
Mohammed Alshamrani

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The FBI says it's working under the presumption that the Florida naval base shooting was an act of terrorism, and that no arrests have been made in the fatal incident. In remarks Sunday, an FBI special agent also said all international students at the base have been accounted for.

The information comes three days after an aviation student from Saudi Arabia opened fire in a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday, killing three people.

The shooter also died. Eight others were wounded but all are expected to recover.

Investigators believe the Saudi gunman who killed three sailors at the Pensacola naval base visited New York City, including Rockefeller Center, days before the shooting and are working to determine the purpose of the trip, a U.S. official said Sunday.

Authorities also believe the gunman made social media posts in which he talked about U.S. support for Israel and charged that Americans are anti-Muslim, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Earlier in the week of the shooting, Alshamrani hosted a dinner party where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings, another U.S. official told the AP on Saturday.

The U.S. has sought the assistance of Saudi officials as they try to piece together information about the gunman and his motive.

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