Naval Air Station Pensacola Shooter ID'd, Raising Terrorism Questions

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The shooter who opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida early Friday morning and killed at least three people before being neutralized by police officers was a Saudi national in aviation training at the base, officials said.

A shooter, who was reported on Friday at Florida's Naval Air Station Pensacola, was shot dead by the authorities, news agency AFP reported.

The gunman was killed by deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, who responded within minutes.

"Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie", Sheriff David Morgan said. "And certainly the expectation that this would happen to us here, at home, was unexpected". The FBI later concluded that he was inspired by a "foreign terrorist group".

A USA official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity identified the shooter as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.

Mohammed Alshamrani, according to authorities, was one of about 200 foreign nationals receiving training on the naval air base as part of a program in which US allies send members of their armed forces there to study aviation. Neither spokesperson had information on their conditions that they could share with AP.

The Saudi government offered condolences to the victims and their families and said it would provide "full support" to US authorities investigating the shooting. In them, Trump said Saudi Arabia's King Salman expressed his "sincere condolences" and reiterated that the attacker did not represent "the Saudi people who love the American people".

Kayyem was alluding to several reports that have detailed the Trump family's lucrative relationships with member of the Saudi royal family as well as its government. Three people were killed and eight more wounded or injured, including two sheriff's deputies, before the shooter was killed by a deputy, officials said.

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President Donald Trump declined to say whether the shooting was terrorism-related. The two officers were also shot but are expected to recover after receiving treatment. DeSantis spokesman Helen Ferre later said the governor learned about the shooter's identity from briefings with Federal Bureau of Investigation and military officials.

On Wednesday, a sailor identified as 22-year-old Gabriel Romero allegedly shot to death two civilian workers at the shipyard at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam before taking his own life.

NAS Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to its website.

The delegation came under a Navy program that offers training to US allies, known as the Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity.

While mass shootings in the United States are common, they are rare at military facilities.

While the gunman was shot on the spot, the source said that another student videotaped the scene of the shooting on Friday, while another two watched from inside a auto. The attack that left four people dead, including the assailant, and multiple people wounded.

Waleed al Shehri, 25 - who helped fly an American Airlines plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center - was a 1997 graduate of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, CNN reported soon after the terror attacks.