Saudi Military Student Kills Three at Florida Naval Base

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A Saudi military student shot and killed three people and injured eight others at a Florida naval base before he was killed by sheriff’s deputies, the Washington Post reports.

Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani was training on the Naval Air Station Pensacola when he used a handgun to open fire in a classroom at dawn Friday, stunning the military community two days after a sailor at a Pearl Harbor naval base killed two people and injured a third before turning his gun on himself.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, a part of the Saudi Air Force and then to be here training on our soil and to do this,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, reports the Pensacola News Journal.

“This has been a devastating week for our @USNavy family,” wrote U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Michael Gilday on Twitter. “Our hearts break for those who lost their lives in Pensacola and the wrenching pain it causes their loved ones. When tragedy hits, as it did today, and Wednesday in Pearl Harbor, it is felt by all.”

The FBI is looking into al-Shamrani’s past and motives. The FBI has not yet determined whether to classify the case as terrorism. An initial survey found no apparent connection to a foreign terrorist group. 

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its “deep distress” over the shooting. President Trump said Saudi King Salman condemned the violence to him.

“The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people,” Trump tweeted.

The postings, under the handle @M7MD_SHAMRANI, included a photo image of a letter in English apparently written a few hours before the shooting rampage. Twitter suspended the account.

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