The Saudi army scholar who carried out a lethal capturing spree at a US naval base confirmed movies of mass shootings at a cocktail party the night time earlier than the assault, The New York Instances reported Saturday.
The capturing Friday in a classroom constructing at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida left three lifeless and eight wounded, together with two responding sheriff’s deputies.
The revelation concerning the ceremonial dinner got here as authorities probed whether or not the shooter had any accomplices.
“We’re discovering out what passed off, whether or not it is one particular person or quite a few individuals,” President Donald Trump advised reporters. “We’ll unravel it in a short time.
No further particulars of the ceremonial dinner have been reported by the Instances, which cited an individual briefed on the investigation.
The SITE Intelligence Group, which screens jihadist media, recognized the gunman as Mohammed al-Shamrani, saying he had posted a brief manifesto on Twitter previous to the assault that learn: “I am towards evil, and America as a complete has become a nation of evil.”
“I hate you as a result of on daily basis you supporting, funding and committing crimes not solely towards Muslims but in addition humanity.”
The Twitter account that posted the manifesto — which additionally condemned US assist for Israel and included a quote from Al-Qaeda’s deceased chief Osama bin Laden — has been suspended.
No terror group has claimed the assault, and the shooter didn’t have any obvious terror ties, the Instances reported, citing an unnamed senior American official.
Nonetheless, “provided that ISIS has little or no to lose at this level, it would not be shocking if it claimed the assault, whatever the attacker’s potential allegiances,” tweeted SITE Director Rita Katz.
Naval Air Station Pensacola is the middle for the US Navy overseas army coaching applications, established in 1985 particularly for Saudi college students earlier than being expanded to different nationalities.
The shooter was certainly one of “a pair hundred” overseas college students on the base, based on Commanding officer Captain Timothy Kinsella.
Trump indicated the coaching program would now be beneath assessment.
“We have been doing this with different nations, overseas nations. I suppose we will must look into the entire process, we’ll begin that instantly,” he mentioned.
Six Saudi nationals additionally assigned to the bottom have been questioned after the assault, US media reported.
Three have been on the base and apparently filmed the capturing, The Washington Submit mentioned. The opposite three had flown into the US with the attacker and have been primarily based at coaching websites in Louisiana and Oklahoma, the Submit mentioned, citing an unnamed official.
‘Gap in our hearts’
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has denounced the capturing as a “heinous crime” and mentioned the gunman “doesn’t signify the Saudi individuals.”
The capturing marks a setback within the kingdom’s efforts to shrug off its longstanding popularity for selling non secular extremism after the September 11, 2001 assaults wherein 15 of the 19 hijackers have been Saudis.
Prince Khalid bin Salman, the king’s youthful son and the deputy protection minister, provided his “sincerest condolences” to the households of the victims.
“Like many different Saudi army personnel, I used to be skilled in a US army base, and we used that invaluable coaching to combat facet by facet with our American allies towards terrorism and different threats,” Prince Khalid mentioned on Twitter.
Trump mentioned King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the nation’s de facto ruler, would “assist out the households very drastically,” although he didn’t specify how.
The victims haven’t been formally recognized, however the older brother of Joshua Kaleb Watson mentioned the 23-year outdated, who reported to the bottom for flight coaching two weeks in the past, “saved numerous lives immediately along with his personal.”
“After being shot a number of occasions he made it exterior and advised the primary response staff the place the shooter was and people particulars have been invaluable,” Adam Watson mentioned in a Fb publish.
“He died a hero and we’re past proud however there’s a gap in our hearts that may by no means be crammed.”
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