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FBI identifies Pensacola shooter and victims

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 12/09/19, 12:00 pm

The Saudi lieutenant who opened fire at a naval base in Pensacola, Fla., on Friday resented how a U.S. military instructor treated him, showed videos of mass shootings at a recent dinner party, and made anti-America posts on social media, according to news reports. Second Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, had a “deep-seated hatred of the United States,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Sunday. U.S. Naval Academy graduate Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were killed in the shooting, and several others were injured. Responding sheriff deputies shot and killed Alshamrani.

Was it an act of terrorism? The FBI is treating it as such, but U.S. officials have not confirmed it officially. “I can’t say it’s terrorism at this time,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said. President Donald Trump indicated he would review policies regarding foreign military training in the United States.

Dig deeper: Read this New York Times report for more about Alshamrani’s time in training in the United States.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • Hawkdriver
    Posted: Mon, 12/09/2019 01:23 pm

    Thank God it wasn't worse.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 12/09/2019 06:04 pm


    I’m expecting investigators to find that one or more of the killer’s fellow Saudi trainees knew in advance of his plans. If so I hope they throw the book at them!

    And it’s ironic, isn’t it, that one of the 3 loyal American servicemen who died for this Nation has a name that indicates he might have been a Muslim. It IS possible for diverse people to live and work together in peace, in a country like the USA!

    Posted: Mon, 12/09/2019 10:33 pm

    We should not be training Saudis, not here and not there.

    They should send the rest of them home. 

  •  notalemming's picture
    Posted: Tue, 12/10/2019 12:13 am

    Showed videos of mass shootings at a recent dinner party?  And made anti-America posts on social media?  Did no one think this was suspicious before he set out to kill?  Is this what our "free speech" has come to?  We allow foreign military personnel, Islamic, no less, make derogatory, inflammatory, anti-American statements and, what seems to be, glorifies mass shootings, and all this is pc in America?  But lo and behold, any Conservative who makes a statement not in line with the Liberal agenda is attacked!  This pos was allowed to step foot on our country's soil and this is what we get?  Three dead airmen!  Oh, but it's an isolated incident....for now.  Tell that to the mothers of the three airmen.  I hope potus expels them all.  We do not need to be spending our tax dollars to provide military training to our enemies.  I would hate to be the one who delivered that news to the airmen's mothers.