The Air Force trainee who executed three and harmed eight when he opened fire at a maritime base in Florida assaulted the United States as ‘a country of shrewdness’ before he went on his shooting frenzy, AFP reports.
The man, first distinguished by NBC News as Saudi national Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, opened fire inside a study hall at Naval Air Station in Pensacola early Friday morning. Police immediately reacted to the scene and he was shot dead.
US authorities, who talked on state of secrecy to examine a continuous examination, said the presume was a subsequent lieutenant going to the aeronautics school at the base.
In the mean time six other Saudi nationals were captured close to the base not long after the assault, as agents started to test a fear interface.
Three of the six were seen filming the entire incident as it unfolded, a source told The New York Times on Friday evening. No officials have yet stated whether any of them were students inside the classroom where the shooting occurred.
President Donald Trump this afternoon tweeted that he spoke on the phone with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, who he said expressed ‘sincere condolences’ to those impacted by the shooting.
Trump added that King Salman informed him the Saudi people love Americans and ‘are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter…’
Shortly before 8pm Eastern Time, Saudi officials condemned the shooting and claimed they are willing to cooperate with the investigation.