The Saudi navy 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 Times reported Saturday.
The capturing Friday in a classroom constructing at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida left three useless and eight wounded, together with two responding sheriff’s deputies.
The revelation in regards to the banquet got here as authorities probed whether or not the shooter had any accomplices.
“We’re finding out what took place, whether it’s one person or a number of people,” President Donald Trump informed reporters. “We’ll resolve it in a short time.
No further particulars of the banquet had been reported by the Times, which cited an individual briefed on the investigation.
The SITE Intelligence Group, which displays 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’m in opposition to evil, and America as an entire has was a nation of evil.”
“I hate you as a result of day-after-day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not solely in opposition to 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 Times reported, citing an unnamed senior American official.
However, “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 navy coaching applications, established in 1985 particularly for Saudi college students earlier than being expanded to different nationalities.
The shooter was one among “a pair hundred” overseas college students on the base, in response to Commanding officer Captain Timothy Kinsella.
Trump indicated the coaching program would now be below assessment.
“We’ve been doing this with different international locations, overseas international locations. I guess we’ll must look into the entire process, we’ll begin that instantly,” he mentioned.
Six Saudi nationals additionally assigned to the bottom had been questioned after the assault, US media reported.
Three had been on the base and apparently filmed the capturing, The Washington Post mentioned. The different three had flown into the US with the attacker and had been based mostly at coaching websites in Louisiana and Oklahoma, the Post mentioned, citing an unnamed official.
‘Hole in our hearts’
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has denounced the capturing as a “heinous crime” and said the gunman “doesn’t symbolize the Saudi individuals.”
The capturing marks a setback within the kingdom’s efforts to shrug off its longstanding fame for selling spiritual extremism after the September 11, 2001 assaults through which 15 of the 19 hijackers had 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 navy personnel, I was educated in a US navy base, and we used that priceless coaching to struggle aspect by aspect with our American allies in opposition to 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 tremendously,” 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 previous, who reported to the bottom for flight coaching two weeks in the past, “saved numerous lives as we speak along with his personal.”
“After being shot a number of occasions he made it exterior and informed the primary response crew the place the shooter was and people particulars had been invaluable,” Adam Watson mentioned in a Facebook submit.
“He died a hero and we’re past proud however there’s a gap in our hearts that may by no means be stuffed.”
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